• Mar 29, 2010
Lewis Hamilton's hoonage aftermath – click above to watch the video

Australia's ABC News was on hand to document the aftermath of Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton's "over-exuberant" driving, and has been kind enough to share the video with the rest of the world.

As you may recall, Hamilton had his loaner Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan impounded after lighting up the rear tires on public streets. Since Melbourne has notoriously vitriolic anti-hoon laws, the British driver will be facing a stiff fine on top of doing without his car for two days. Something tells us that even after his sixth-place finish at the Australian GP, Hamilton won't have any trouble finding another set of wheels. Hit the jump to see the action.


[Source: ABC News via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      i wish we still had the G8's here :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, I do too, but I settled for the 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS
        • 4 Years Ago
        at least he got a ride in a SS commodore...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel Lewis pain. This kind of harassment is everywhere. It's all about revenue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is news? Hard to believe that this would generate such a buzz. The only thing about this that seems news worthy is that Hamilton has to try to hide like a little girl. Maybe the burned rubber isn't really the story here? Hmmm...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you implying it could be like Tiger Woods all over again, with the unravelling starting in Australia? :P lol

        No one should be above the law, Hamilton broke it, he faces the consequences. He should get a kick in the bum by McLaren management for doing it in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mercedes should thank him for getting the publicity the car has gotten. And he should be embarrassed for hiding like a naughty child.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anyone else spot the red F430 up the road? Maybe Hamilton and Alonso were having a burnout competition?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was that really necessary? Stopping traffic and causing all the inconvenience for everybody just because one guy did a burnout?

      Pigs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      my attention was more fixated on the f430 in the background.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What an absolute idiot. He's happy to bring attention to himself by doing burnouts on a public road yet when he gets caught by the law he hides behind his mates before running off with his tail between his legs.

      I hate people that act like hoons on public roads; I hope the Victorian Police throw the book at him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well when i first hear of this i thought... oh boy this guy is stupid/childish to do this in Ozzz. where they have these anti hooning laws... but then i thought he acted cool when it was happening since he was cooperative, but hiding in the car the way he did is not cool. you want to do something like that you have to be able to back it up with behavior, just goes to show how much of a puss he is off the track... why do it in the first place... dint you see the big van with all the lights in the rear view mirror... oh sorry, Hami is a driver that failed to see a red light at t circuit last year, so i guess even on public roads he doesn't scan his surroundings....

      but he did drive brilliantly on Sunday, you have to give him credit
      • 4 Years Ago

      I enjoyed the spunk from the lil' goof that tried to intimidate the cameraman into not filming Hamilton.

      Australia may have some tough laws about not showing off in a car in the land down under but at least there not enforcing any form of Draconian anti-filming in public laws.....yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should have wrote spoiler alert, I have the race PVR'd at home, and planned on watching it later. I shake my fist at you Autoblog!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought that too but thankfully, I managed to download and watch it last night!

        Watch it anyway, John. It's a GREAT race and even worthy of a second look! Lots of action you'll enjoy, regardless of outcome. Also, if you can figure out how to use torrents, BBC1's coverage is light years beyond Speed. Enjoy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      At 25 he's pretty old to be an immature kid.
      Maybe instead of looking for a manager he should look for a nanny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He just drove the car how it was meant to be driven...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Paul;

        I hear what you're saying, but it's Lewis freaking Hamilton. Sorry, but there are a select few people who simply are above a select few (non-violent) laws. This is a perfect example.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I might get my stars voted completely off for this but...

        B***S***T. Doing burnouts on a crowded street is not what these cars are made for and not how car enthusiasts should be using performance machines. People who do that give us all a bad name. You want to make smoke, do it where it's safe. It doesn't matter if you *think* you're a good driver or if you really are (like an F1 champ), there's a time and a place and this simply was NOT the time or place.

        That said, Hamilton put the cops in a tough place. They're super-sensitive to hoonage now but none of 'em wants to bring this bad attention to an otherwise fantastic event. I wish they'd let him go for that reason but given the number of people around to witness it, they had to bust him.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, and you expect 5oww to show sympathy???
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