Lewis Hamilton goes ballistic on his own team-mate after being ‘unfollowed’ on social media

Since the dawn of social media, people and their favorite Formula 1 drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, have been online day after day. If anyone thinks that checking out stories and finding updates on the lives of people we know isn’t what drivers do, then they’re wrong! Ironically, social media was the cause of the feud between Hamilton and his McLaren teammate, Jenson Button.

Being one of the most popular F1 drivers of all time, Hamilton has made himself comfortable on the digital platform by expressing his strong opinions. While the British driver was in his final days at the Woking-based team, he found himself in an awkward spot, forcing him to issue a public apology to Button. Hamilton took to Twitter (now X) to accuse the fellow Briton and teammate of disrespecting him.

The feud between Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton

The 39-year-old driver was set to leave McLaren for Mercedes at the end of the 2012 campaign. But, Hamilton found something he believed needed to be addressed. It came across a tweet by a journalist, which indicated that Button had unfollowed him on the social media platform.

Soon after this, Hamilton wrote, “Just noticed that @jensonbutton unfollowed, that’s a shame. After 3 years as teammates, I thought we respected each other but clearly, he doesn’t. The funny thing is, we are still colleagues! All good, I’m looking to give this team and the fans everything I’ve got until I cross the finish line in Brazil!!!” However, there appeared to be an error.

The mistake led to a hasty follow-up tweet where he wrote, “My bad, just found out Jensen never follows me. Don’t blame him! Need to be on Twitter more!” While Hamilton went on to six world championships after McLaren, Button retired in 2017 with one title to his name.

Button usage on the 7x champion’s social media habits

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most outspoken drivers on social media, never shying away from speaking his mind even if it leads to a few controversies. However, according to his former colleague, the driver sometimes crossed the line with his outspokenness. Button describes many of these cases in detail in his autobiography, “Jensen Button: Life to the Limit: My Autobiography”.

According to the 44-year-old, one of Hamilton’s earliest controversial Twitter posts dates back to 2009. He detailed a very specific incident that happened when Hamilton took to Twitter to express his frustration, writing, “Damn, ***!! Jensen has a new rear wing. I have an old one. We voted for change, not action. I directly lose 0.4 tenths

This left Button completely frustrated with his team-mate and he pointed out that it was Hamilton’s decision at the time to stick with the old rear wing. The former driver seems to have become “Ancillary Damages” Amid Hamilton’s controversies. Recently, Button cleared the Briton’s name amid Ferrari’s surprise move.

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