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.