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Parties take toll as Lewis Hamilton crashes

By Philip Duncan

Lewis Hamilton says heavy partying and a lack of sleep has taken its toll in a week in which he was involved in a mysterious car crash.

Hamilton, who revealed via his Instagram account that he hit a stationary car in his home town of Monaco, initially refused to field questions on the incident in his media briefing ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix. But the 30-year-old, believed to have been driving his £1.6m Pagani Zonda supercar at the time of the incident, later admitted to feeling "run down".

Hamilton claimed the accident happened on Monday night, but it is understood it occurred at approximately 3.30am on Tuesday morning - the same day he was due to fly to Brazil.

"It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half," said Hamilton, when asked about the crash and his overall health.

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