Lewis Hamilton controversies

16 Mar 2016 11:53

Lewis Hamilton's defence to his Formula One championship will start under a cloud after the Briton was investigated by police for taking an apparent selfie while riding a motorbike in New Zealand.

While the police have since said they will take no further action, Hamilton's run-in with the law is not his first.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the 31-year-old's previous misdemeanours...

LICENCE SUSPENDED AFTER 120+MPH DRIVE

Hamilton's driving licence was suspended for one month after he was clocked speeding at more than 120mph on a French motorway in 2007.

The Brit, who had just completed his debut Formula One season - in which he finished as runner-up to Kimi Raikkonen - was fined £429 while police also confiscated the Mercedes he was driving.

A police spokesperson said Hamilton "was very polite and cooperative" following the incident.

FINED AND CAR IMPOUNDED AFTER ILLEGAL BURNOUT

Hamilton was hit with yet another fine, and his Mercedes road car impounded, after he was caught performing an illegal burnout ahead of the 2010 Australian Grand Prix.

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

At a court hearing which took place in his absence five months later, Hamilton was fined £288, but escaped a driving conviction.

CRASHES SUPERCAR ON STREETS OF MONACO

Less than a month after claiming his third world title, Hamilton crashed his £1.5million supercar on the streets of Monaco.

Hamilton, a resident of the famous French port, avoided any police action for the incident which resulted in him hitting three stationary vehicles.

The crash took place at 3.30am on the Monday before the Brazilian Grand Prix which delayed Hamilton's arrival at the penultimate race of the season.

Hamilton subsequently blamed the crash on "heavy partying and not much rest" after winning his third world title at the United States Grand Prix in October.