Michael Schumacher's complaint about his teammate Nico Rosberg was diluted in an official team media release.
Immediately after qualifying behind his 24-year-old countryman in Monaco, Schumacher said Rosberg's sister Mercedes was "the only car" that blocked him.
"It's a shame but there you go. It happened in Q3 when there were only ten cars on the track," said the seven time world champion.
But in a subsequent media release provided by Mercedes, Schumacher was quoted as admitting the Rosberg indiscretion had been committed "unintentionally".
Schumacher was only half a tenth behind Rosberg in the grid-decisive Q3, but Rosberg's Q2 time was three tenths faster than the best time Schumacher managed all weekend in the Principality.
Rosberg, just sixth on the grid ahead of Schumacher, told TV reporters: "I should have had pole, or at least first row of the grid. I just didn't get it together; too many laps with traffic and I made a mistake myself."
Even team boss Ross Brawn admitted that Rosberg's Q2 form was "more indicative" of the true pace of the W01 car.
Schu not worried about falling behind Rosberg again
After a better weekend versus Nico Rosberg in Spain a week ago, the seven time world champion has once again qualified behind the 24-year-old on the streets of Monaco -- where Schumacher won no less than five times in his former career.
But the 41-year-old said it is too simplistic to say the reversion to the older short-wheelbase car is the reason for the half-tenth gap to Rosberg.
"We are five hundredths apart. That is less than a blink of an eye. I think everyone can say where he could have found that," Schumacher said after qualifying.
He also insisted that he is not bothered that, once again, Rosberg has the upper hand.
"For me it is more about the general situation than whether I am a little in front of or behind Nico. And when you are talking about half a tenth ...
"Instead, we have to look at what is our goal, which is to fight for the championship. We have to win races, but in our situation that is not yet possible.
"That is more of what is important," said the German, who qualified seventh, one place behind Rosberg and eight tenths off Mark Webber's pole.