Hamilton charged over car 'burnout'

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has been charged with "intentionally losing control of a vehicle" after an alleged boy-racer stunt near the Australian Grand Prix circuit.

The 25-year-old had his silver Mercedes impounded by police after he was spotted doing a "burnout" and "fishtail" on a public road close to Albert Park just two days before the race in March.

A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said the British driver, who currently resides in Switzerland, had a summons served on his solicitor on Monday.

She added: "The court date is August 24 at Melbourne Magistrates' Court and the charge is intentionally losing control of a vehicle."

However, it is not clear if Hamilton will be attend the hearing on the date since he is scheduled to race in the Belgian Grand Prix three days later.

Following the incident, the 2008 Formula 1 world champion released a statement through his driving team McLaren, apologising for his actions.

"I was driving in an over-exuberant manner and, as a result, was stopped by the police," he said. "What I did was silly, and I want to apologise for it."

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