McLaren driver has his road car impounded by police after "over-exuberant" driving
26 March 2010

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.

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26 March 2010

"over exhuberant" ... powerslides ? doughnuts ? good on ya Lewie ... :o)

26 March 2010

So he is human, after all!

26 March 2010

Oh well, so next time he visits Oz he will have to employ a driver, maybe Jenson can give him a lift!

26 March 2010

Goes fastest in practice and drifts out of the car park... quality :D

I bet they wouldnt have pulled mark webber...

26 March 2010

It's rear wheels were sliding around, they sound worse than the ploice over here.

26 March 2010

I think Gordon Brown needs to call in the Australian Ambassador and give him a good talking to , and get this sorted out. The Oz police have clearly lost the plot. Obviously Lewis switched-off the TC by mistake.

26 March 2010

Well, yes. Especially in Victoria, where they have a wonderful speed camera tolerance of 3km/h. Yes, that's one and a bit miles an hour. Go over by more than that and you're pinged.

26 March 2010

[quote Autocar]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".

THamilton tops Aus F1 practice

Talking after going fastest in free practice for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, he told the BBC...Read the full article[/quote]

Boo bloody hiss. So what if he spun his rear wheels! Haven't we all? Killjoys. Bloody killjoys, I tell yer! And this from the country that makes the Vauxhall VXR8, the most sideways car of them all...

26 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Hamilton is expected to be charged with improper use of a vehicle[/quote] Ridiculous. Was any other vehicle involved or affected by his actions ? Was anyone hurt of affected by his actions ? So, he accelerated away faster than you or I might try and got some wheel-spin, so what ? He's probably one of the top-five guys at high-speed car control on the planet ! what were the police thinking - if they had any common sense at all they'd have let him go on his way and quietly spoken to him at a later time - this just reflects so badly on the police, have they so many resources that they thinkthis is a good use of their time and effort. Pathetic.


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26 March 2010

Comes as no surprise to me. The Australian attitude to speeding is even worse than here, they have all had a total common sense by-pass. It is possibly the worst country I have ever driven in. I hope Bernie drops Australia from next years calendar, would serve the po faced b*ggers right!

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