• Aug 25, 2010
The scales of Australian justice are heavier by $500 Aussie dollars ($444 U.S.) thanks to Lewis Hamilton. That's the amount Hamilton was fined for getting busted for hooning in Melbourne just before the Australian GP in March.

He was charged with intentionally losing control of a vehicle, a comical offense to levy upon a Formula 1 World Champion doing a burnout in a civilian car, but escaped being convicted due to it being his first offense. Or maybe it was due to his being Lewis Hamilton. Either way he's probably done with Australia until next year's GP, during which he'll probably rent a Daihatsu Sirion to stay out of trouble.

[Source: ESPN F1 | Image: Don Arnold/Getty]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 16 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      As an Aussie I feel we're catching England as being known, as Webber says, as a Nanny State.....believe me, we're really the crazy, V8 driving, beer drinking lunatics you all know us as. It's UnAustralian to not hate the Government.

      Hell the Australian Tax Office has taken our very own Crocodile Dundee hostage until he pays millions in taxes.....again UnAustralian!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, Josh - as an Oz expat resident in the US, can I ask you - are you over 12 years old?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As Mark Webber said "Nanny State" I'm embarrassed to be Australian
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why was he allowed to not turn up for court?
      • 4 Years Ago
      He did not get fined by Australia... He was fined by our stupid police, who make bad decisions their first priority!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea fine him and let a soccer mom... sorry, boomerang mom drive by drinking lattes and texting in her SUV while she's swirving all over the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why are you on this website? You know absolute s*** about cars, let alone American ones. You don't know who Lewis Hamilton is. So why even comment on this article?

        Just go away already. Nobody likes you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The part that gets me is: He was charged with intentionally losing control of a vehicle. But I'm sure at no point was the vehicle actually out of control. I'm sure Lewis had absolute full control of it the whole time. The guy has car control that any of those Australian police guys couldn't even dream about. It's too bad such a big deal was made out of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @kevin

        I think a burnout constitutes 'sustained loss of traction', or something. Laws like that are designed to discourage boy-racing.
      Mark
      • 4 Years Ago
      $444.00 US- Lewis your lucky get a ticket like that in California you may have to re-fi home to pay for it. The Australian traffic courts want to throw you off your game so Mark Webber can win world title. Good luck to both of you turning out to be great series.

      Thanks Mark
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once again government shooting their own foot.
      What a bad decision for Australia tourism.
      I wonder how many people are upset and gave up to visit Australia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        why would anyone get upset over this. I lost not sleep. did you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A $500 fine? Just as well he was paid - not earned - $22,000,000 last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One word... "HA!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      so stupid.
    • Load More Comments