Lewis Hamilton revealed of his own accord on Instagram that he’d had a bit of a bump in Monaco this week. Hamilton’s initial post appeared to suggest he had made a light impact on a parked car.
The Telegraph now reveals this was rather a minimalistic confession form the now three time world champion, who in fact hit three cars in his fender bending action, though local authorities state no drugs or alcohol were involved.
A Monaco police spokesperson has confirmed, “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.” That said, the law enforcement officers of the Principality have been rumoured to be most discreet over previous embarrassing incidents involving their most wealthy of residents.
The big problem for Lewis is that he claimed he had been suffering from a fever, which was the main reason he failed to attend a Wednesday sponsor event in Brazil. He arrived a day late for the upcoming race weekend in Sao Paulo and the car bumping incident which was initially thought to have taken place on Monday has now been confirmed as occurring on Tuesday. This raises questions as to whether Hamilton was ever going to make his Wednesday PR appointment after deciding to party.
TJ13 suggested yesterday, that the nature of Hamilton’s Instagram confession may well suggest that there was more to this incident than Lewis was admitting to. Hamilton has subsequently added to his explanation as to how the crash occurred, stating “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 Telegraph reveals that Lewis has attended a number of alcohol fuelled parties since Austin, and as far as the one prior to the bumper car games, Lewis did admit: “The party was amazing, couldn’t have gone better. I don’t feel as bad as I look. The last two days I have slept pretty much all day. I couldn’t believe how much I slept and I slept on the flight here. I was nervous that I was not going to sleep. I slept all day yesterday. 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 that week after Mexico and the party we drank a lot and I was really feeling it.”
Hamilton’s partying has apparently been regular since the US GP and Lewis even admitted he may have still been drunk when he recently arrived for a photo shoot after a heavy night out. “I had a photo shoot at Madame Tussauds… and I wondered why I 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…”
Mercedes have yet to comment on the behaviour of their ‘rock star’ driver, though Toto Wolff has previously indicated he cares little about Hamilton’s off track activities – unless they affect him on track. Though whether this kind of lifestyle is exactly what Toto had in mind when he gave Hamilton ‘carte blanche’, will be tested this weekend.
Tensions inside Mercedes AMG F1 have been growing recently, and Hamilton’s biggest supporter, Niki Lauda, has seen questions raised over his future in the team.
The unknown is whether Lewis’ newfound alcohol fuelled lifestyle will affect his future driving performance. Hamilton did suggest following winning his third F1 world title, he was not interested in chasing down Michael Schumacher’s records now he had equalled those of his hero Ayrton Senna.