Lewis Hamilton has blamed his minor road traffic accident in Monaco earlier this week on heavy partying and a busy period that has left him feeling run down.
On Wednesday, Hamilton took to Instagram to reveal to his fans that he had been involved in a minor car accident while driving around the streets of Monaco.
The Briton was unhurt, but opted to delay his arrival in Brazil to take an extra rest day and prepare for this weekend’s race in Sao Paulo.
Speaking to British newspaper reporters at Interlagos on Thursday, Hamilton opened up about the incident, blaming it on a relentless run of heavy partying and other commitments.
“It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half,” Hamilton said.
“I’m 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.”
Since celebrating his third F1 world championship success in Austin three weeks ago, Hamilton has been involved in countless media events and public appearances, as well as organizing a special birthday celebration for his mother.
“The party was amazing, couldn’t have gone better,” Hamilton said. “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.”
In a statement issued by Monaco’s Palais de Justice, it was confirmed that Hamilton had been tested for alcohol, but that the result returned negative.
“Mr. Hamilton’s foot slipped on the brake and clutch pedals and his vehicle struck three parked cars,” the statement confirmed. “He was tested for alcohol but the result was negative.”