25 Aug 2010

Hamilton fined for burnout

8:22 am on 25 August 2010

The British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been fined 600 dollars for performing car stunts for fans outside Melbourne's motor racing circuit.

Hamilton was caught by police executing "burnout" and "fishtail" tricks in a borrowed Mercedes two days before the Australian Grand Prix in March.

The 2008 Formula 1 world champion was not in court to hear his punishment.

But his Australian lawyer said Hamilton was pleading guilty to the charge of improper use of a motor vehicle.

His lawyer said Hamilton had publicly apologised over the incident, and suffered "embarrassment, humiliation and distress" following the subsequent media coverage.

Hamilton wasn't in court in Melbourne as he is due to drive in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.