Mercedes have clarified the jet-ski incident involving driver Lewis Hamilton after early reports claiming over $150k of damage proved to be false.
Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg had been in Monaco's harbour taking part in a shoot for Sky TV, and it was reported Hamilton had become angry with a boat full of photographers and camera crews and had deliberately pulled a move near the boat to soak the cameras.
The report by Blick journalist Roger Benoit said over $150k of damage had been caused by the incident and that both Mercedes and Hamilton had apologised and agreed to pay the bill.
Mercedes themselves denied that the incident was true saying it was not a case of a celebrity lashing out at the paparazzi, but the action was part of a TV shoot.
The source of the updated version of the story revealed:
"The TV equipment is fine, as Sky themselves confirmed to journalists asking questions yesterday," he said. "One photographer who failed to protect his camera equipment got some water inside it. But not specifically from something Lewis did.
"As he is a freelancer, we will make the goodwill gesture of helping to repair/replace the equipment."
On the track it was a good day for Mercedes as Nico Rosberg was fastest in both practice sessions with Hamilton taking second in the afternoon.
The race pace, that has been much a needle in the side of Mercedes in recent races, also seems not too far from the other top teams.
Former driver Alex Wurz already believes Rosberg looks in prime position to take his second career win on Monaco's streets.
"In the past few years Nico was always very good here," Wurz told German broadcaster Sky on Thursday. "Lewis too, but he has made a few mistakes.
"But I think with Rosberg and Hamilton maybe they (Mercedes) even have the best Monaco drivers.
"Then they have the best qualifying car, and a circuit that is not so hard on the rear tyres, which is good news for Mercedes.
"It's exciting. Maybe they can win the race."
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