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.