Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton kicked out of McLaren garage

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New Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has reportedly claimed that he was thrown out of the McLaren garage after trying to pay them a visit during winter testing.

The English driver left McLaren after being associated with them for 14-years at the end of last season's driver's championship and joined rivals Mercedes on a three-year deal and it is apparent that McLaren want nothing to do with their ex-driver.

Hamilton had a mixed time at McLaren as he won one driver's championship there, but then had a lot of problems in his final year as car faults cost him a chance to compete throughout the championship.

The new Mercedes driver has revealed that he tried to pay his old a visit in Australia, but their sporting director threw him out.

“I went to see them in Australia but I also tried to see them in Jerez, at the test, and there (McLaren's sporting director) Sam Michael threw me out of the garage,” said Hamilton on his BBC Sport blog.

“That wasn’t very positive and I don’t feel very good about that.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton believes Sergio Perez was fortunate to escape without a penalty at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Perez has had a a mixed start to his McLaren career after finishing outside the points twice in three races.

His aggressive driving has been criticised and Hamilton said: “I do remember seeing, in the distance, Fernando Alonso trying to get past a car and that it was weaving from one side of the track to the other.

“I was surprised at the time that the driver, which I now know was Perez, wasn’t penalised.”

Hamilton's move to Mercedes seems to favoured him as they are currently well ahead of his old team in the points standing.

McLaren are struggling to compete with their new car and are yet to make a podium. 

Hamilton may have burned his last bridge with McLaren after claiming his new Mercedes car is the best he has ever driven.

He said: “I always needed a car with good rear grip. I don’t mind if I have to struggle with the front because you can catch up with that.

“But I’ve always wanted to make sure I have plenty of rear grip and I’ve rarely had that before. Now I’ve finally got a ‘rear-ended’ car.”


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