Michael Schumacher says he is baffled by reports in Germany that police are investigating whether he broke the law when he recently drove a taxi to an airport.
Schumacher took over the wheel of the taxi to ensure his family caught a flight back home, and capped off his high-speed trip by offering a 100 Euro tip on top of the 60 Euro fare for the taxi driver.
But a report in German newspaper Bild today said that police were now looking into the matter to investigate whether Schumacher broke the law, while the taxi driver Tuncer Yilmax is also facing questioning about his involvement in the matter.
Kai Holland, deputy director of Coburg's traffic authority, told Bild: "That was an offence against transport laws. We will have a hearing with the taxi driver to resolve the matter."
Schumacher has laughed off the story, however, and thinks the whole affair has been blown out of all proportion.
"I was brought by taxi here," smiled Schumacher on Saturday, speaking at a press conference ahead of his appearance in tomorrow night's Race of Champions at Wembley.
"It is an interesting thing, if i remember all my years in professional motorsport and all the things I have done, that to make out of a flea an even bigger elephant than it is now, it is pretty impressive to see that. You just have to laugh about it..."