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Hamilton admits "partying" left him run down

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12/11/2015

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that heavy partying in recent weeks has taken its toll.

Unsurprisingly, the Briton, ever the centre of media attention, was in even more demand when he finally arrived in Brazil today.

Yesterday began with claims in the Brazilian media that the Briton was unwell and would miss this weekend's race. Mercedes PR machine subsequently spun into action and admitted that whilst the world champion was unwell, and had been advised to take a later flight to Brazil, there was no question of him missing the race.

However, the Briton eventually broke cover, revealing on Instagram that he had been involved in a road accident in Monaco in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Whilst Mercedes asked reporters at Interlagos today not to raise the subject of the accident, it was Hamilton himself who raised the topic, admitting that his lifestyle in recent weeks has taken its toll.

"It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half," said Hamilton. "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.

"I'm on the up-slope, so I am a lot closer to 100 percent," he added. "I had gone to Mexico on the Wednesday. We worked all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. And then I had my mum's (birthday) party and that killed me, That was pretty amazing, but I really felt it on Sunday and Monday.

"I am excited to be here because this is a race that Ayrton struggled at for some time until he finally got his win and this is a race I have not won out of all the tries that I had," Hamilton concluded. "I am glad that we have still got races to go. At the end of the season, you have a long wait until you get back in the car so I am cherishing the moments that I get in the car. I am not as excited for the break."

Meanwhile it has been confirmed that the Briton's early morning shunt involved his Pagani Zonda.

"Mr Hamilton's foot slipped on the brake and clutch pedals and his vehicle struck three parked cars," revealed a spokesman for Monaco's Palais de Justice. "He was tested for alcohol but the result was negative."

In 2007, Hamilton had his car impounded after being caught speeding near Paris, whilst in 2010 he was charged with reckless driving after beeing caught 'Hooning' (spinning the wheels of his car) outside Melbourne's Albert Park circuit.

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1. Posted by ape, 13/11/2015 12:54

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N o t W ... LOL"

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2. Posted by Editor, 13/11/2015 12:11

"@ Stoney

"So my implication was only that his personal column was trying to put a slightly different angle on, what I assume, is a more accurate reflection of events stated in this article."

Can you please point me to where we suggest he was "hung over"

Even our headline reads "run down" which is essentially the same as "burn-out"

We are not the Daily Mail!

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3. Posted by stoney, 13/11/2015 12:04

"So my implication was only that his personal column was trying to put a slightly different angle on, what I assume, is a more accurate reflection of events stated in this article."

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4. Posted by stoney, 13/11/2015 12:03

""I was busy for two solid weeks and then I basically collapsed" is the title of Lewis' BBC column, implying to me burn-out rather than hang over.

Quote:
"It has been an eventful time since the Mexican race two weeks ago, and I ended up getting quite run down.

Following the race weekend in Mexico City, I stayed over there working for another four days. Then, when I got back to the UK at the end of last week, I was stressed trying to organise my mum's 60th birthday last Saturday.

The party turned out great, and we had so much fun, but by the end of it I was exhausted. I had been busy for two solid weeks and I basically collapsed.""

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5. Posted by Editor, 13/11/2015 9:23

"@ Stoney

Not sure what you are implying, but the BBC headline reads: "Tiredness led to crash - Hamilton"

However, the synopsis underneath reads: "Newly-crowned Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton says a car crash was caused by tiredness after heavy partying""

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6. Posted by stoney, 13/11/2015 9:14

"Interestingly, Auntie's favourite F1 column by an F1 driver carries a slightly different headline. :)"

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