Lewis Hamilton's Monaco Grand Prix weekend got off to an expensive start after a misplaced prank with photographers and TV crews cost the 2008 champion over $150,000.

He and team-mate Nico Rosberg were performing a shoot on jet-skis in Monaco's famous harbour, but Hamilton was said to be increasingly angry with one of the boats full of photographers.

According to reports, Hamilton performed a tight turn near the boat deliberately soaking the photographers with a wave of seawater. The photographers lost the expensive cameras as well as some TV cameras and phones after the wave of water hit.

Veteran Swiss reporter Roger Benoit commented: "An expensive prank, Hamilton's team Mercedes apologised and paid for the $150,000 in damage."

After the incident Hamilton returned to the paddock with his dog Roscoe, and completed other media events there.

It is not the first time photographers have found themselves facing the wrath of a driver. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was said to be unhappy with a photographer taking pictures of him and his girlfriend in the build-up to the Spanish Grand Prix, which led to him breaking a €3000 camera.

Away from the water and the track drivers and footballers came together for the annual charity football match at Monaco's Louis II stadium on Tuesday.

Some of the usual names were not there, with the likes of Sebastian Vettel at other events and Michael Schumacher was another notable absentee.

However, drivers such as Felipe Massa and former Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella were on hand to take on a select World Sports Stars XI including players such as Tennis star Novak Djokovic.

 

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