Lewis Hamilton has blamed his embarrassing car crash earlier this week in Monaco on non-stop partying since winning the world championship last month.
“It was a result of heavy partying. I am a bit run down.”
The triple world champion’s £1.5 million Pagani Zonda supercar hit three stationary vehicles in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, just before he was due to fly to Sao Paulo for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and as a result arrived late at Interlagos on Thursday with claims of suffering from “fever”.
Hamilton took to instagram to inform his fans about the crash.
“I’ve not been well with a fever but I also had a road accident in Monaco on Monday night. Whilst ultimately, it is nobody’s business, there are people knowing my position that will try to take advantage of the situation and make a quick buck. NO problem. Nobody was hurt, which is the most important thing. But the car was obviously damaged and I made very light contact with a stationary vehicle. Talking with the team and my doctor, we decided together that it was best for me to rest at home and leave a day later. But I am feeling better and am currently boarding the plane to Brazil. However, I am informing you because I feel we all must take responsibility for our actions. Mistakes happen to us all but what’s important is that we learn from them and grow. Can’t wait for the weekend Brazil. Bless. Lewis,” reads his social media post.
However, contrary to his claim, the accident happened at 3.30 am on Tuesday instead as learned by Sportsmail and his purple Zonda struck three stationary vehicles instead of one.
Hamilton’s purple Zonda bearing the top speed of 217mph, a 760 horsepower engine which can do a 0-60mph in 2.6seconds was commissioned exclusively for him by the Italian manufacturer, hence the model number being 760LH.
A spokesman for Monaco’s Palais de Justice told Sportsmail: “Mr Hamilton’s foot slipped on the brake and clutch pedals and his vehicle struck three parked cars. He was tested for alcohol but the result was negative.”
Speaking to a small group of Fleet Street reporters Hamilton opened up about his hard partying lifestyle and said, “It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half. I am a bit run down. I have been non-stop and trying to fit training in at the same time and not getting a lot of sleep.”
“The last two days I have slept pretty much all day. I couldn’t believe how much I slept. I slept on the flight here. I usually sleep four or five hours but when you are training you need more than that.”
“I am generally a really energetic person but with that week after Mexico (the last race) and my mum’s party, where we drank a lot, I was really feeling it. Then I had a photo shoot at Madame Tussaud’s the next day and I wondered why I had booked it for the next day because I had to do pictures looking fresh. It was not enjoyable because it was only a few hours after the night out so I was still very much…’
This however, is not the first time that Hamilton has been embroiled in trouble for his high-speed antics. He was banned from driving in France in 2007 for driving at 123mph in a Mercedes CLK and was handed a £430 on-the-spot fine, and his car was impounded. He was also fined £300 for ‘hooning’ in Melbourne in 2010.
The latest incident is doubly embarrassing for the F1 world champion who is also a FIA Road Safety Ambassador.
Just in September, he handed out prizes to teenagers who made road safety films which he had judged. Speaking on the occasion then he said, “As racing drivers we need to be ambassadors for safe driving on the road. I’m genuinely shocked every time I see the stats about accidents and I hope projects like this will raise awareness and make a real difference.”