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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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Dario - Unregistered

May 30, 2010 12:44 PM

Aw, c'mon. Don't get so defensive about your country. And Hamilton is right not to dwell on this. What's he supposed to do, focus on the negative things in his life? Why would he want to do that? Doesn't everyone else want their speeding tickets to just go away, cause the whole affair is too stressful even to think about? And there isn't a lesson to be learned from it. It *was* a dumb non-event. Yet a high ranking government official saw it necessary to comment. I would call that milking it too. Weren't they rolling out some new road safety initiative at the time? Perfect timing for the bureaucrats.



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