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Australia 'loving' my driving charge, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton: It is all in the past for me. A fine is a fine but they are loving it at the moment. I guess they need the publicity. The country is so far away I guess they don't get much attention from us.
Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the police in Australia and according to reports by the Daily Telegraph has suggested that the authorities out there are 'milking' what happened back in March prior to the race at Albert Park.

The F1 2008 world champion was stopped by police shortly after leaving the paddock after being seen performing a burnout for fans on the side of the street. His Mercedes was impounded and the Briton later apologised for what he called a 'silly' incident.

Hamilton was officially charged by police recently with intentionally losing control of vehicle with a court hearing scheduled for 24 August.

Although the 25-year-old is expected to escape with just a minimal fine, he reckons they are intentionally making more of it than is really necessary.

"I have not paid much attention to it," Hamilton said ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, where he will start second in his McLaren. "Other people are dealing with it. It is all in the past for me. A fine is a fine but they are loving it at the moment.

"I guess they need the publicity. The country is so far away I guess they don't get much attention from us."

Hamilton meanwhile has confirmed that he will not attend the hearing, which takes place a few days before the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

"I don't need to go," he added. "I have people dealing with it. It was a tough weekend but I have moved on from it.

"I have learnt from it and I have not thought about it ever since. It doesn't really bother me."



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davidjwater - Unregistered

May 30, 2010 4:44 PM

Im a brit living here in australia, i love the people and surroundings, and admire the sporting achievments from such a tiny population pool. yet i must admit that the culture is somewhat backward compared to europe (dare i say bogan? :p), slightly behind the times in relation to their actual importance on a global scale compared to most other countries. Australia is a tiny country in relation to its population and international status, the only problem is that the politicions, and media (who could milk a dead cow lets be honest) are unaware of it. i agree with hamilton, even if he is tactless, who bloody well cares about a fine? certainly not the rest of the world.



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