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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