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McLaren driver has his road car impounded by police after "over-exuberant" driving

Lewis Hamilton faces a police charge after his Mercedes road car was impounded by Melbourne police on Thursday evening.

Hamilton is expected to be charged with improper use of a vehicle after what he described as "driving in an over-exuberant manner".

Hamilton tops Aus F1 practice

Talking after going fastest in free practice for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, he told the BBC: "I was driving in an over-exuberant manner and, as a result, was stopped by the police.

"What I did was silly, and I want to apologise for it."

Police constable Scott Woodford reported Hamilton's rear wheels were skidding as he accelerated out of Albert Park, where the Grand Prix is held.

A Victoria police spokesman added: "The vehicle was seen to deliberately lose traction and was intercepted by police.

"The driver, a 25-year-old man who resides in Switzerland, was spoken to at the scene and is expected to be charged on summons with improper use of a vehicle.

"The vehicle, a 2010 Mercedes, was impounded for 48 hours and the driver returned to his hotel."

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andrepaul999 27 March 2010

Re: F1's Hamilton faces police charge

nice publicity for merc amg no doubt

well done Lewis keep up the good work!

Buzz Cagney 27 March 2010

Re: F1's Hamilton faces police charge

tannedbaldhead wrote:

Buzz Cagney wrote:

Apparently Lewis was embarrassed by his behaviour. huh? Oh for the good old days when we had the likes of Hunt and Sheen et al. They would have drifted out of the track, fag in one hand, pretty young thing hanging off their shoulder and laughed off the whole episode.

God I miss those guys!

It wasn't just the racing drivers. Our dads are ten times the men we are: mine span wheels, screeched round corners, jumped hump back bridges, raced HS 125 trains that ran parallel to the motorway and all to the wooping encouragement to 3 unrestrained (rear seatbelt weren't invented) kids in cars that would struggle to be less safe in an accident if they were made of cardboard. Happy days.

ah, when men were men and women were grateful and rozzers drove Consul GT's and knew a real criminal when they saw one.
tannedbaldhead 27 March 2010

Re: F1's Hamilton faces police charge

Lee23404 wrote:

I suspect that even the good old British Copper would have done no more than give him a ticking off.

Been caught in the deliberately fishtailing in the UK twice that I can think of and escaped on both occasions with a bit of a bollocking. I also was once caught by a Garda whilst committing the same offence in Dublin in the late 1980s. My punishment was to take him for a spin round the city bypass in my RX7 Turbo.