Lew Hamilton Handed AUS$500 Fine

by Punter's Hero on August 24, 2010

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Lew Hamilton Handed AUS$500 Fine

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has been fined AUS$500 by a Melbourne magistrate and dubbed a “hoon” for doing a burnout in his street car during the lead-up to the Australian Grand Prix in March.

Hamilton was caught as he accelerated his high-powered Mercedes into a busy street, fishtailing the back wheels.

“This is about somebody in a responsible position behaving like a hoon (boy racer),” said Melbourne magistrate Clive Alsop.

Hamilton, 25, did not attend the hearing however he did apologise for the driving after the incident.

“What I did was silly, and I want to apologise for it,” he said in a statement.

“Lewis Hamilton set a bad example, he’s been fined for that, and the more he can say about the dangers of speeding, I think the better it would be for him and the better for our community,” Brumby said.

“He may see fit to make a donation to perhaps a programme that assists with educating drivers about the dangers of hoon driving and the dangers of speeding on our roads.”

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