Lewis Hamilton’s arrival at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix has been delayed after suffering a minor road accident in Monaco.
The newly crowned three-time world champion revealed details of Monday’s accident, which saw all involved parties escape injury, via social media.
Hamilton has also been suffering from a fever and after seeking advice from his team and doctors a decision to delay his arrival by 24 hours was taken.
“Dear TeamLH, just wanted to let you know why things have been quiet on social media the past few days,” wrote Hamilton on Instagram.
“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.”
Hamilton is due to jump behind the wheel of his Mercedes for opening practice, which begins on Friday.