Lewis Hamilton believes his “heavy partying” is to blame for his car crash in Monaco earlier this week.
The Formula 1 driver, 30, has claimed he lost control of his £1.5million Pagani Zonda and smashed into three stationary vehicles in Monte Carlo in the early hours of Tuesday morning (10.11.15) because he was tired and “run down.”
He 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 handsome star, who was breathalysed at the scene but the results came back negative, took to his Instagram immediately after the crash to set the record straight.
He wrote: “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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the smash-up comes five years after Lewis was slapped with a £300 fine for driving recklessly in Melbourne.
Three years before that, the athlete was also dished out a driving ban and handed a £430 fine for speeding in France.
His plush Mercedes CLK, which he was driving at 123mph, was impounded immediately by the French authorities.