Hamilton fined for burnout in Melbourne street

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been fined $445 and
avoided conviction for skidding tires outside the Australian Grand
Prix circuit in March.

Hamilton did not appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on
Tuesday. His lawyer, Sandip Mukerjea, said Hamilton was overseas
but he would plead guilty to the charge of improper use of a motor
vehicle.

He was alleged to have intentionally spun and skidded his tires
at the entrance to the Grand Prix track at Albert Park. Mukerjea
said Hamilton had publicly apologized and endured ”embarrassment,
humiliation and distress” after he was criticized in the
media.

Hamilton, who drives for McLaren, is expected to compete in the
Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

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