Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to maintain his relationship with his former team was given the cold shoulder even before the season began, with a claim that McLaren indicated were taken out of line.
The Briton switched to Mercedes this season by signing a three-year contract leaving behind a team that had groomed his way to Formula 1 and had won a world championship with.
But the 28-year-old tried to rekindle his links with the British outfit during the pre-season test at Jerez only to be dealt with in a manner in which he didn’t expect.
“I went to see them in Australia. But I also tried to see them in Jerez, at the test, and there (sporting director) Sam Michael threw me out of the garage,” Hamilton told the official F1 website. “That wasn’t very positive and I don’t feel very good about that.”
McLaren, though, had a different view to the situation at Jerez, indicating that Hamilton’s views were exaggerated.
"Sam didn't throw Lewis out of our garage,” McLaren PR director Matt Bishop was quoted saying by Reuters. "Rather, he gently guided him out since our car was being worked on by our mechanics at the time, with a number of its dismantled components clearly visible, which no-one from a rival team should see.
"Lewis knew he shouldn't have been in our garage in the first place, just as all team personnel know they shouldn't enter rival teams' garages," he explained.
Hamilton has been reported to have spent time in the McLaren hospitality at a couple of races this season.
This wasn’t the only occasion that Hamilton spoke out against his former team after he had dropped several hints through the course of the year so far justifying his move to Mercedes.
He wasn’t particularly happy with McLaren keeping his trophies and had said so openly last month and also added that the Mercedes focussed on its drivers a lot more than his old team.
He had also undermined McLaren after he said that it was the rivalry with Fernando Alonso that excited him more than with the Woking-based outfit.