Lewis Hamilton shared a clip last week of himself driving an R34 Nissan GT-R hard around a city. It is an instant classic video, a rare example of F1's most successful driver ever just having fun in a cool car, but not everyone is happy about it. Chief among the unhappy parties is, apparently, the company that actually owns the car.
CarBuzz reports the car is owned by the Japanese company Omoshiro Rent-a-Car, which rented the Nissan out to either Hamilton or an associate during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. The video was filmed shortly afterward, but Hamilton's outright hooning was in apparent violation of the company's policies. In a tweet attributed to the company, the brand simply says that "such driving is prohibited."
While the brand confirmed the rental 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 if this is an active legal matter.
No matter what happens next, though, the conclusion is the same. If you are going to take a rental car out to do things the agreement expressly forbids, do not post a video online unless you are prepared for the rental company to find it. Even seven-time world champions and 103-time grand prix winners are not immune to the rules of rental agreements.
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