Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, after crashing at last month’s European Grand Prix qualifying, was so upset with himself that he went on to wreck his own dressing room, according to Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda.
Speaking to an Austrian television, the Formula One legend revealed that he was there when Hamilton took his frustration out in his private room in the team’s motor-home.
He said that three-time Formula One champion Hamilton eventually paid for the damages caused to the hotel room, Sport24 reported.
Lauda also dismissed Hamilton’s claims that he had buried the hatchet with teammate Nico Rosberg, saying that “it was just for show”.
Hamilton finished fifth in Baku while Rosberg went on to win the race last month.
However, Hamilton cut Rosberg’s lead in the title race from 24 points to 11 ahead after winning the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg on Sunday.
Mercedes chief executive Toto Wolff severely censured his both drivers after they crashed into one another again in Spielberg and warned that team orders could be imposed in order to prevent more self-inflicted setbacks in the championship.