By Alex Kapadia
Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has been officially charged after his tyres-spinning display of ‘hoon’ driving in Australia earlier this year.
The former world champion was pulled over for after allegedly smoking his tyres and performing a fishtail stunt on the streets of Melbourne, just ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.
Now the McLaren driver has had a summons served on his solicitor over traffic offences allegedly committed in Albert Park in March.
Hamilton has been charged with intentionally losing control of a vehicle after being pulled over by a Victoria Police divisional van in Lakeside Drive about 9.15pm on March 26.
Police allege he did a burnout with smoking tyres and a fishtail in a silver Mercedes as he was leaving the Grand Prix circuit, cheered on by race fans before his car was impounded.
A court date has been set for August 24 to hear Hamilton’s case, but last night it was not clear if he would fly to Australia to contest the charge.
He is due in Europe for the Belgian Grand Prix from August 27-29.