Button steals Hamilton's farewell party in Japan

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Lewis Hamilton intended to explain to his team why he was leaving McLaren at the end of the season but the British driver was left out in the cold after team members opted to spend time with Jenson Button instead.

At the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month, the Mercedes-bound driver wanted to treat his mechanics and set things straight before he left the team he has been with since 2007.

However, those invited for the farewell tagged along with teammate Button for a charity run leaving the 2008 world champion to call off his plans.

"I booked 16 lanes at the bowling alley for Saturday night, but something else came up so the guys weren't able to do it," Hamilton said. "They were already committed before. They went for a run with JB or something like that."

Hamilton is in his sixth and final year with McLaren but his association with the British team started when he was just 13.

"Of course there will be people who are happy I am going, some who are unhappy I am going," the 27-year-old said. “Some who will be sad, some who will be supportive. That's how things are."


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