Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he was involved in a minor road accident in Monaco on Monday, but he fully intends to race in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
The 30-year-old Mercedes driver, who recently tied up his third world drivers’ championship crown at the United States Grand Prix, was supposedly suffering with a fever and told to delay his flight to Brazil on doctor’s orders.
However, Hamilton has now confirmed that the reason for him staying behind was due to an accident in which he made “very light contact” with a stationary vehicle in the French Principality on Monday.
The Briton confirmed on Instagram that he was boarding a plane and will arrive in Brazil a day later than he had originally planned.
He does not expect the incident to hamper his bid to win at Interlagos for the first time in his career, as he looks to bounce back from losing out to team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Mexican Grand Prix on November 1.
On the crash, Hamilton added: “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.
“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 (in) Brazil.”
Hamilton is 1.67 to win his first Brazilian Grand Prix, while Rosberg is 3.00 to follow up his win at the same circuit 12 months ago.