Lewis Hamilton has revealed that part of the reason for his delayed arrival in Brazil ahead of this weekend's race is that he was involved in a minor car accident on Monday.
The triple World Champion was not in Brazil on Wednesday to take his place at a scheduled press conference, with organisers having said that Hamilton had cited "personal reasons" for his failure to attend.
Mercedes later stated that Hamilton was suffering from a fever, but would be well enough to take his place on the grid for the weekend's race at Interlagos.
However, Hamilton has taken to Instagram to explain the full reasons for his delayed departure for Brazil.
"I’ve not been well with a fever but I also had a road accident in Monaco on Monday night," the Briton wrote.
"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."