Hamilton fined for driving stunts

Lewis Hamilton has been fined 500 Australian dollars (£288) for performing car stunts in front of fans outside the Grand Prix track in Melbourne.

Two days before the Melbourne Grand Prix in March, the motor racing star was caught by police performing "burnout" and "fishtail" tricks in a borrowed Mercedes at Albert Park.

He was found deliberately spinning the wheels of the car on March 26 for fans. The car was later impounded by state authorities, and Hamilton was charged.

Although the 2008 Formula One world champion was not in court to hear his punishment, his lawyer said the 25-year-old would plead guilty to the charge of improper use of a motor vehicle. He fell foul to Victoria state's so-called "hoon" laws.

His lawyer, Sandip Mukerjea, said Hamilton suffered "embarrassment, humiliation and distress" as a result of the incident.

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