Hamilton snubs ex-mentor Ron Dennis

May 2nd, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 2 (ANI): Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has fuelled rumours about his relationship breaking down with Ron Dennis, after the ace driver failed to attend an awards ceremony that honoured the former McLaren team principal.

Dennis was the guest of honour at the Sports Industry Awards on Thursday night, where he received a lifetime achievement award.

Hamilton had indicated that he would attend, but pulled out on Wednesday morning. It is understood that it was a personal decision by Hamilton rather than one made by the team, The Telegraph reported.

No other members of the current McLaren team were present, though former world champions Alain Prost and Mika Hakkinen did attend the event.

It is the second time in a week that Hamilton has appeared to snub his mentor, having failed to attend a party hosted by the Crown Prince of Bahrain on Sunday at which Dennis was present.

Relations between Dennis and Hamilton and his father Anthony have been strained since the world champion was exposed as having lied to race stewards after the first race of the season.

Hamilton later claimed that the team had instructed him to give the misleading evidence, and Dennis stood down as McLaren team principal last month.

Dennis played a central role in Hamilton’s development, inducting him into his talented driver programme as a 12-year-old and nurturing the talent that was last year rewarded with a world championship. (ANI)

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