Lewis Hamilton was pole-axed by Wimbledon's strict dress code after turning up at the Royal Box without a tie.
The F1 champion was said to have arrived late at the All England Club and without having dressed appropriately.
He posted a moody picture of himself on Instagram captioned "Wimbledon" showing him indoors silhouetted against the grass courts at SW19 on the other side of the windows.
The All England Club would not comment on reports that he was shown the red flag as the men's final, between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, got under way.
But a source said: "Lewis turned up an hour late and wasn't wearing a tie.
"He was told he would need to put one on to enter the box but he threw a bit of hissy fit, which lasted a couple of minutes, and then left.
"There is a strict dress code and the staff manning the box had no choice, he was asked not to enter the box."
The racing driver, 30, had earlier posted a picture of his invitation on Instagram.
He wrote: "On my way to Wimbledon to watch the final. Honoured to have been invited to watch the men's finals from the Royal Box."
But he failed to take his seat in the VIP area, which has been graced by royals, musicians and sports stars during the finals.
A Wimbledon spokesman confirmed that the driver had left before the match was over but would not comment on why.
He said: "He did come but he has gone. We are not commenting further."
But the spokesman added: "If he was not adequately dressed you could infer that he would not have been let in, but we do not comment on our guests.
"If he came without a jacket, tie or shoes he would have had two choices - not staying or going to get some extra stuff."
Men who are invited to the exclusive box on Centre Court must wear a jacket, tie and shoes.
In the picture he posted on Instagram, Hamilton did not appear to have a tie or jacket on.
He missed Djokovic triumphing over Federer in four sets.
Hamilton's spokesman said: "Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding regarding dress code at Wimbledon, Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men's final."
Pippa Middleton was another notable absentee from the vantage point, choosing to watch the final on Centre Court despite usually being given a seat in the Royal Box
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Grant and a host of former Wimbledon champions did pass the dress code to take up their allocated dark green seats.