Hamilton reveals Monaco accident, delays Brazil arrival

There were some rumors floating that Lewis Hamilton may miss the Brazilian Grand Prix and a few of you asked if I had heard that story. Well, I hadn’t at the time but Lewis himself posted an update on his Instagram account explaining his delay in getting to Brazil:

Dear TeamLH, just wanted to let you know why things have been quiet on social media the past few days.
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.
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.
But i am feeling better and am currently boarding the plane to Brazil.
However, 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 Brazil🙌🏾

It seems the three-time world driver’s champion had a driving incident. Hey, we can all make mistakes and have car accidents and Lewis has some serious cars with horsepower that is out to punish anyone so perhaps it’s easier for him than most.

He says he’s also not been feeling well with a fever so that has added to the delay as well. Not sure what the details are but I can understand him trying to get out in front of the story as journalists are no doubt narrowing in on the accident details. Better to relay the incident in verbiage you choose than to have it chosen for you.

We all know Lewis likes to drive fast, he even ran afoul of the law in Australia for hooning ahead of a grand prix. I will say that his words imply some element of impropriety on his part if he feels he has made a mistake and has to learn from it. Not the kind of words you’d choose if you have a run-of-the-mill fender-bender.

Seems like Lewis is having to learn lessons and grow from his actions with some frequency over the last 5 years. At his age now, you’d hope that those days are fewer and farther between.

In some ways, it is amazing more drivers don’t have more accidents given their penchant for driving fast and in super cars they own. They are the best of the best so one would expect them to be in control as I witnessed in Austin with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel of a Ferrari F12. Still, as Lewis says, mistakes happen.

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I can imagine if he was driving while having fever, it would make it easier to mis a reaction or lose control.

Yeah, makes sense to get ahead of things by mentioning it himself. Guess he will get asked about it a lot when he arrives (and people have a bit of time to dig for juicy details, or any details if they can’t find juicy ones, or are not into making them up!)

Patrick Chapman

The newspapers are reporting that it happened at 3.30am. Who goes out driving at 3.30 am when you have a fever? Or maybe he was going home after a night out. Just what you need to fix a fever. The journalists are going to have a field day with this. Did I mention that he hit a parked car? And it was in his purple car. LOL And I really did read this, I’m not making it up, honest.

Jason Smith

You mean we might get gratuitous Nicole shots AND watch Lewis have a meltdown?! Don’t tease me!

Bacon Wrapped Sushi

Well, I hope he recovers. I enjoy watching Lewis’ adventures via his Instagram account. We all make mistakes in cars, even the best of us. For all we know, the accident could have been a fender bender or he could have accidentally scuffed a car while driving his Zonda (please not the Zonda) in Monaco. These cars are insanely wide on very old roads.

Mike S

Yikes…i just read it WAS his Zonda :0 I had no idea those machines were like 2.3 million US $

Mike S

Good point by Negative Camber. I’m sure ALL these guys get traffic tickets and have minor incidents…why are there not more? Its really surprising, so many of them own supercars with crazy power-to-weight rations. Do media handlers cover the issues? If so..maybe Pastor hired one recently?


Always fun to rag on Pastor, but during the last half dozen races while he’s been quietly successful the Kimster has wadded at least himself and often others every outing. Might be time to reconsider some nicknames.

The Captain

Well, seems like his Instagram post was a bunch of PR bullshit.

Strange he would just end up admitting it to the BBC after coming up with the whole ‘sick with fever’ story for his Instagram fans.