Lewis Hamilton has collided with a parked car in a conventional saloon, after being caught out by its ‘breath taking’ speed.
“Obviously, my company car is a hybrid, and if I go too fast I might run out of fuel or my tyres could go pop”, claimed Hamilton.
“So when I got behind the wheel of a normal vehicle, I think I got a bit giddy.”
Hamilton had been trying to keep a Mercedes behind him at the time of the crash, but was held up by a parked car travelling at roughly the same speed as a McLaren.
“When I saw that there was no-one in it, I thought to myself “It’s hammer time, Lewis”. And once I’d knocked the dent out, it was filler time, followed by primer time and some top coat.”
An eye witness described the accident as a ‘racing incident’, explaining that the parked car had been slow to react to the blue flags.
Hamilton has now equaled a record held by Juan Manuel Fangio since 1957, the year the Argentinian wrote off an ambulance while reverse-parking his Fiat Topolino.