Lewis Hamilton refused to answer questions at a press conference and walked out early after qualification for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Hamilton walks out of Suzuka press conference

Hamilton walks out of Suzuka press conference

The British driver qualified in second spot behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for Sunday's race but was in no mood to discuss anything to do with Formula One at his press briefing.

The F1 world champion was ridiculed in the papers for acting petulantly at Thursday's press conference, when he took Snapchat photos of his fellow drivers and posted them on social media instead of engaging with journalists.

The three-time world champion was clearly angered by the media's negative response to his actions and made his feelings known before a swift exit from the Suzuka press room.

"The other day was a super light-hearted thing and if I was disrespectful to any of you guys, or if you felt I was disrespectful, it was honestly not the intention," he said. "It was just a little bit of fun.

"But what was more disrespectful was what was then written worldwide. Unfortunately, there are some people here [and] it's not them that's done it and unfortunately the decision I will take affects those who have been super supportive. That's why I'm saying it's with the utmost respect.

"I don't really plan on sitting here many more times for these kind of things. My apologies, and I hope you guys enjoy the rest of the weekend."

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