Australian police charge McLaren driver for hooning

Lewis Hamilton has been charged for a driving offence on a public road in Melbourne during this year's Australian Grand Prix weekend.

The McLaren driver was stopped by police after he did a burnout and a fishtail in a Mercedes on Lakeside Drive in Melbourne. He has now been charged with intentionally losing control of a vehicle.

A court hearing has been set for August 24 at Melbourne Magistrates' Court - just three days before first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

It is not yet clear whether Hamilton will have to be present at the hearing.

Hamilton has expressed regret for the incident.

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24 May 2010

Lewis might be guilty of showing-off and in the UK would possibly have been charged with something like dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention, but how does anyone "intentionally lose control of a vehicle"? Surely a driver is in control until he or she unintentionally loses control. I think the Aussies are rather over-reacting and making an example of him.

24 May 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]I think the Aussies are rather over-reacting and making an example of him.[/quote]

Just a tad! They surely got better things to do. This car was driven by a professional racing driver so I think he knew what he was doing, it's just ridiculous really. The Aussie authorities need to seriously calm down here.

24 May 2010

I can't see this charge sticking in court - if LH wanted to fight it that is. The fact is, no prosecution could ever argue that he was not in 'Control' of the vehicle. However, I'm sure he will have to capitulate to Australia's increasingly draconian, Starsi-like road laws, whilst humbly apologising like a chastised child and backing out the court backwards bowing.

What ever happened to Australia? I lived there a decade ago and it was a fantastically laid back fun place to live and drive all over. When did it lose it's sense of humour and disappear up its own backside?

24 May 2010

Hamilton can get one up on the miserable spoil-sport Aussies by stuffing Webber in the rest of the GPs :o)

24 May 2010

[quote 38carssofar]Hamilton can get one up on the miserable spoil-sport Aussies by stuffing Webber in the rest of the GPs :o)[/quote]

I'm a fan of both drivers and I wish LH and McLaren better future form - but that's just too optimistic! I just hope Webber keeps young Vettel behind - Webber will make a great F1 World Champ.

24 May 2010

thats it, shame on the Aussie Police for doing their job, burnouts should be ok on public roads, c'mon guys grow up! Hamilton isn't above the law, if this were Alonso you'd all be singing a different tune!

24 May 2010

[quote marktobin]

thats it, shame on the Aussie Police for doing their job, burnouts should be ok on public roads, c'mon guys grow up! Hamilton isn't above the law, if this were Alonso you'd all be singing a different tune!

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Ok, let's get this into context.

This event happened around of the time of the Australian Grand Prix. Lots of racing/motorsport fans around trying to get a glimpse of their heros. Lewis Hamilton was performing these stunts for the fans. Now, if I saw a professional driver doing stunts like this I'll think it's one of the coolest things ever as it shows that firstly, the driver knows what fun is and secondly, I know that the driver is highly trained and has total command of the vehicle. This is not some boy racer who thinks they can drive, this is a highly trained professional, big difference. Now, if Lewis Hamilton was just on holiday then I would totally understand the fuss but he wasn't was he? Also it doesn't matter which driver it was, I would feel the same if it was Alonso, Button, Schumacher or anyone else.

24 May 2010

oh ok then, let all F1 drivers do whatever they like on public roads when they are on F1 weekends! Thats safe thinking for ya!

jer

24 May 2010

Can you intentionally loose control? I'd argue he was in control. Australia whilst a great place is and perhaps always has been a bit authoritarian.

24 May 2010

[quote MrVaultTec]This car was driven by a professional racing driver so I think he knew what he was doing[/quote] What's that got to do with it? So professional drivers should be allowed to do what they like, once they're behind the wheel? Seriously? I can hardly believe what I'm reading here. Is this exemption to be extended to all drivers, or just your F1 heroes? What about rally drivers, do they get a free pass as well? Banger racers, maybe? Good grief.

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