Who do you think you are? Lewis Hamilton?
An irresistible story from Melbourne, where Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was stopped by the police for “over-exuberant” driving on the road.
Hamilton was fastest in practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday and apparently struggled to make the adjustment to his road car. Here’s the story from Ian Ransom in Melbourne and Alan Baldwin in London:
Lewis Hamilton was stopped by police for behaving like a boy racer on Friday only hours after he had wowed a Melbourne crowd with the fastest lap in Australian Grand Prix practice.
The McLaren driver, who in 2008 became Formula One’s youngest ever world champion, found himself having to make a public apology about his behaviour in Australia for the second year in a row.
“This evening, I was driving in an over-exuberant manner and, as a result, was stopped by the police,” the 25-year-old Briton said in a McLaren statement.
“What I did was silly, and I want to apologise for it.”
Senior police constable Scott Woodford told Reuters that a 25-year-old male, resident in Switzerland, was stopped at 9.15pm in the St. Kilda neighbourhood at the wheel of a brand new Mercedes.
He said the car, which had “accelerated heavily and lost traction to the rear wheels” in making a turn, had been impounded and was due to be released on Monday.
“He’s expected to be charged on summons with the offence of improper use of a motor vehicle,” said Woodford, who added that Hamilton had a male passenger in the car with him at the time.
“It’s fair to say that he was disappointed with the whole incident but I must say he was extremely cooperative throughout.”
PHOTO: McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the second practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, March 26, 2010. REUTERS/Scott Wensley