The roads minister of Victoria in Australia has called F1 driver Lewis Hamilton a "dickhead" for getting stopped for improper use of his vehicle on the roads of Melbourne.
Hamilton was arrested on Friday evening and is expected to be charged with improper use of a vehicle after being caught wheelspinning his Mercedes road car.
Minister Tim Pallas was speaking while launching the new "Don't Be a Dickhead" road safety campaign.
Asked whether Lewis Hamilton met that description, he said: "OK, I'll say it. He's a dickhead." After the incident Hamilton admitted: "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."
However Australian driver Mark Webber has defended his fellow competitor, saying his homeland had become a nanny state, with ridiculous parking and speeding rules.