The roads minister of Victoria in Australia calls Hamilton a "dickhead"
29 March 2010

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.

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29 March 2010

I'm sorry, but the real dïckheads here are the Victorian police and roads minister. So what if one of the greatest drivers alive spun his wheels a bit. Haven't we all? Good on Mark Webber for standing up for Hamilton and protesting the ridiculous rules and policies there. Also, Mark, you were a bit of a dïckhead yesterday, crashing into Lewis... still, let's start a petition to the state of Victoria to stop being so anally retentive and scrap these ridiculous anti-hoon laws.

29 March 2010

To me this is just another example of the anti-English attitude some Australians have. Ok, Lewis was out of order but that doesn't warrant critical and offensive comments. If it were Mark Webber, would he have been labelled the same? Nope. If we called Mark a dickhead for similar actions in Britain we'd be lamblasted. Good on Mark though for standing up for Lewis.

29 March 2010

What happened to Australia?

29 March 2010

I don't condone foolish behaviour on the roads, and Hamilton's actions do seem rather childish, but neither do I condone crude statements from politicians. So without getting personal, I'll offer this. If you lined up 20 F1 racing drivers and 20 politicians, in which line would the majority of the dickheads be?

29 March 2010

Guys, you are forgetting the Aussies (no offense Steve C) are slightly lower down the food chain than us Brits, and consequently when the state government has an officially funded and endorsed programme called 'Don't be a dickhead' .... don't come across all offended when if asked if what Lewis did constituted being a dickhead in terms of the official programme and the official involved says yes.

What amuses me most is the fact that the Aussies can be so blunt as to have an official programme using offensive words yet think the action of spinning wheels is somehow the equivalent of beating a child or some such other actual crime.

For once it is nice to see something in Australia that makes me think, at least the UK is not that anally retentive. It would be interesting to note how many members of the Australian state and federal governments have any ties to Nu Labour / or are Poms we got rid of to the open prison down under because the types of crazy anti driving (ergo personel frreedom) laws in Austrailia would make one eyed Scottish idiots with an all expenses paid chauffeur come across all giddy.

29 March 2010

Doh! Those Australians uh?

They're crazy!

29 March 2010

The car was still under control. Just that Hamilton's ability and skill level are beyond that of any politician could imagine.

Well done Hamilton for reminding us that part of driving is pure enjoyment.

29 March 2010

What was it that used to be said,calling people names and profanity is a sign of lack off brain power, or putting foot in mouth, or not thinking before saying, need i say more?.

Peter Cavellini.

29 March 2010

I'm going to go out and wheelspin my Galaxy to show solidarity with Lewis. If that makes me a dickhead then I think I can live with it.

Ignore these silly little achieve nothing politicians. They'll not be remembered, where as Lewis will be.

29 March 2010

I couldn't agree more with Mr 3500S. Who's the dickhead, a Formula 1 driver doing a wheelspin, or someone defending a law that states his car can be impounded for so doing? The F1 driver? Don't be a dickhead...


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