Newly-crowned Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton says a car crash was caused by tiredness after heavy partying.
The Briton said on his Instagram account “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.”
In a statement, Monaco’s Palais de Justice has since confirmed the accident occurred as Hamilton’s “foot slipped on the brake and clutch pedals and his vehicle struck three parked cars”.
The statement also confirmed Hamilton “was tested for alcohol but the result was negative”.
The Briton has had a hectic schedule which included celebrating his mum’s 60th birthday. “It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for 10 days,” Hamilton said of the crash and his health.
“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.”
Hamilton who is also an FIA Action for Road Safety ambassador has since spent the best part of two days asleep since the incident has occurred and is now ready to take part in the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.