Lewis Hamilton shared a clip last week he drove his R34 Nissan GT-R hard around town. It’s an instant video classic, a rare example of the most successful F1 drivers ever having fun in a cool car, but not everyone is into it. Chief among the displeased parties, it seems, is the company that actually owns the car.
CarBuzz reports the car was owned by the Japanese company Omoshiro Rent-a-Car, which leased the Nissan to Hamilton or his partner over the weekend of the Japanese Grand Prix. The video was recorded shortly after, but Hamilton’s actions were immediately apparent in violation of company policy. In tweets associated with the companythe brand simply says that “such driving is prohibited”.
While the brand confirmed the lease to Hamilton to CarBuzz, an Omoshiro Rent-a-Car representative added that “Under the guidance of our attorneys, [Omoshiro is] unable to disclose any further information.” It is unclear whether this is an active legal matter.
Whatever happens next, the conclusion remains the same. If you’re going to be taking the rental car to do things the agreement expressly prohibits, don’t post videos online unless you’re ready to be found by the rental company. Even the seven-time world champion and 103-time Grand Prix winner is not immune to the rules of rental agreements.
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