Hamilton hit with ‘hooning’ fine

Lewis Hamilton has been fined £288 for driving infringements in Melbourne during the Australian GP weekend.

The McLaren driver was caught by police performing burnouts outside the paddock at the wheel of his Mercedes, which was later impounded by police.

Hamilton apologised for his behaviour, which he referred to as over-exuberant driving, but was charged with driving offences and the matter put before the courts.

Due to his preparations for this weekend’s Belgian GP at Spa, Lewis didn’t appear in court, but he was handed a fine and told by magistrate Clive Alsop that he should set a good example to youngsters with his behaviour.

“This is about somebody in a responsible position behaving like a hoon,” he said.

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