Lewis Hamilton crashed his $2M purple Pagani Zonda supercar in Monaco early on Tuesday morning.
That is the claim of Germany’s Bild newspaper. No one was hurt in the crash, but 30-year-old Hamilton admitted he struck a stationary car. It is believed the crash occurred just before 3.30 a.m. local time.
"He reported it to the police immediately," a Mercedes team spokesman said.
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Bild said Hamilton’s Zonda has a V12, 760hp AMG engine, capable of 217 mph.
The revelation follows Mercedes having told the world’s media on Wednesday that the triple world champion was absent in Sao Paulo so far due to a "fever."
Earlier, however, organizers of a press conference that had to be cancelled said Hamilton had cited "personal reasons."
"I’ve not been well with a fever but I also had a road accident in Monaco on Monday night," Hamilton said. "Nobody was hurt, which is the most important thing.
"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," he added.
"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," said Hamilton.
A spokesman for Mercedes said that Hamilton will be in the Interlagos paddock on Thursday.