Sergio Perez said he was not ordered to hold position behind Jenson Button in the closing stages of the Spanish Grand Prix.
“[I] just want to tell everyone, yesterday the radio message I had was all about to save the tire,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Never a team order,” he added.
Heading into the latter stages of Sunday’s race Perez was told by his race engineer there was “definitely two places available to us if we can get to the end” and that those case belonged to Nico Rosberg and Perez’s team mate Button.
Several laps later he was reminded to preserve his tires, which were a concern for several drivers in the race.
Perez also Tweeted a picture showing his left-front tire was significantly damaged at the end of the race.
He and Button crossed swords in the previous race where Button claimed Perez was too aggressive in their battle for position on the track.
McLaren team management sat down with the two drivers to clear the air ahead of the Spanish race.
The fifth round of the season was a disappointing one for the team as their major upgrade package failed to bring them within range of the front running cars.