Lewis Hamilton has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after accusing McLaren team-mate Jenson Button of disrespecting him on Twitter.

Hamilton, who is to leave McLaren for Mercedes at the end of the year, was taking his cue from a tweet by a journalist suggesting Button had unfollowed him on the social networking site.

It led Hamilton to heavily criticise the 2009 world champion. 

In a series of tweets on his official feed, Hamilton first accused Button of unfollowing him, before realising he had never been following in the first place.

But the 27-year-old was left red-faced when he realised Button did not follow his Twitter account in the first place.

Hamilton had a disappointing fifth-place finish at in yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, as Sebastian Vettel took victory, leaving him still 42 points adrift of points leader Fernando Alonso