Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been labelled a ‘d***head’

British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been labelled a ‘d***head’ by an Australian minister following his ‘burn out’ in a private car in the hours leading up to the Melbourne Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old former world champion was booked by police when he spun the wheels of a Mercedes saloon, creating clouds of smoke as he drove away from the Melbourne race track.

He was not to know that three days later the Victoria State Government was due to launch a road safety campaign titled ‘Don’t be a d***head’, aimed at bad driving by young motorists.

Slammed: Victoria's roads minister Tim Pallas criticised Lewis Hamilton on radio for his 'burn out' in a private car hours before the Melbourne Grand Prix

Slammed: Victoria's roads minister Tim Pallas criticised Lewis Hamilton on radio for his 'burn out' in a private car hours before the Melbourne Grand Prix

Asked on Melbourne radio yesterday whether Hamilton – who was booked for improper use of a vehicle under what are known as ‘anti- hoon’ laws – was a d***head, Victoria’s roads minister Tim Pallas said: ‘Well, he is certainly a very silly young man, I think, quite frankly.’

Host Neil Mitchell asked him again whether Hamilton was a d***head. ‘Well, yes, OK, I’ll say it, yes, he’s a d***head,’ said Mr Pallas.

Later when he held a media conference to launch the new road safety campaign Mr Pallas was more cautious with his words.

When asked again whether Hamilton was a d***head, Mr Pallas said with a grin: ‘More importantly, I am focusing on the key message here, and the key message is the behaviour is unacceptable.

‘From my perspective, he has acted inappropriately.’

'Silly young man': Lewis Hamilton, seen here at the Melbourne Grand Prix last weekend, was booked by police when he spun the wheels of a Mercedes saloon, as he drove away from the race track

'Silly young man': Lewis Hamilton, seen here at the Melbourne Grand Prix last weekend, was booked by police when he spun the wheels of a Mercedes saloon, as he drove away from the race track

Mr Pallas was asked how he would describe the British driving ace.

The minister replied: ‘Someone who has done a very silly thing, who has recognised that he has put people’s lives at risk.

‘Hopefully he has recognised he has done the wrong thing and quite frankly that he will amend his behaviour.’

He added: ‘Whether or not you’re a world champion racing driver, or you’re someone who’s just got their licence, if you decide to behave in an unsafe manner on a public road, that is dangerous.’

While Mr Pallas had made it clear that he wasn’t prepared to continue discussing Hamilton, who has been charged with inappropriate use of a motor vehicle and will have to answer a summons in court, controversial Melbourne radio host Derryn Hinch continued the attack on the 2008 world champion.

‘If I had my way, he would not have even been on the starting grid,’ Mr Hinch said in his blog.

Booked: Hamilton's car was impounded after he was pulled over by police

Booked: Hamilton's car was impounded after he was pulled over by police

‘He would have been suspended by the F1 authorities for bringing the sport into disrepute on Friday night.

‘Now he’s the world’s most famous hoon for doing a donut burnout (spinning the wheels) with smoking tyres in his luxury Mercedes on Lakeside Drive Friday night.’
Mr Hinch added: ‘He should not be a poster boy for every irresponsible revhead and lout on wheels in the world.’

Within hours of being booked, Hamilton apologised for his ‘over- exuberance’, but yesterday (Mon), Australian driver Mark Webber, whom Hamilton blamed for knocking him off the track resulting in a 6th place on Sunday, came to the Briton’s defence.

Webber said his homeland had become a ‘nanny state’ with ridiculous parking and speeding rules.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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