Lewis Hamilton … is a dickhead

Let me clarify that, Lewis Hamilton is a dickhead according to Australian Roads Minister Tim Pallas. This comes after Hamilton had his car impounded for doing burnouts last week. Australia has very strong anti-hoon laws and the state government recently launched a “Don’t Be a Dickhead” campaign. The name is hilariously awful, but it seems some of the local citizens as well as a few F1 folks don’t find it that funny.

Fellow driver Mark Weber came out and called Australia a “nanny state” and he was subsequently blasted by Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay. Commissioner Lay said some of his fans were alive because of their aggressive approach to safety.

What say you good readers – Has the land of Mad Max become too strict on the local hoons or is Weber just being whiny? Also, is Hamilton really a dickhead for his burnout shenanigans? I know if I had a big-bad Benz and serious F1 money, I would light up the tires from time to time. Hell, I only have Hooniverse money and I make time for the occasional burnout.
Thanks to Mark for the long distance tip, mate!
[Read the whole article at The Age]

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  1. scroggzilla Avatar

    We remember The Nightrider! And we know who you are!

  2. engineerd Avatar

    I could have told you that. Hamilton has tons of talent, but is a whiny bitch. He proved it again during yesterdays race when he went on a whiny bitchfest over the team radio about the decision to bring him in for a second set of slicks. Classy. Ask Dale Jr. how well it worked out for him when he criticized his team in a form where anyone could listen in.
    On to the question at hand, though. Many governments have become nanny-statists. They have taken the view that their job is to protect people from themselves. Some parts of the anti-hoon laws make sense because they make it illegal to engage in certain activities that could put other people at risk. Things like street racing, excessive speed, etc. Other parts of the anti-hoon laws may be overreaching if they are only trying to protect a person from themselves. One area where they may have gone too far is in the case of some of the Australian states that destroy or impound vehicles without recourse.
    Cars don't commit crimes, people do.

  3. Alff Avatar

    According to Oz's last anti-hooning campaign, his nickname might well be Little Lewie…
    <img src="http://www.spareroom.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/AASmall-penis.jpg"&gt;

  4. dmilligan Avatar

    You have to love the Aussies for coming up with that slogan, it's great. I can just imagine the fate of a US ad man trying to push it at a client meeting.

  5. Peter_Dushenski Avatar

    For being the only current Aussie F1 driver (that I can think of), Webber ought to tread a little more lightly with the home town crowd. Especially since they have a GP in Australia. I know if either of the Villeneuves were still racing in F1 and they were critical of Canada and its GP, it wouldn’t sit well with me or the local media. No one wants to see their homegrown hero resenting their roots, no matter how accurate the criticism is.
    And Lewis just thinks the world owes him something. And by something, I mean everything.

  6. Mr_Quick Avatar

    Unfortunately Webber is completly correct and Australia has become a nanny state, hell I'd even go as for as to say that we don't even deserve 600hp Wilkinshaw wagons.
    The worst part of this is that the deputy commisioner and the various ministers criticising what Hammy did are getting ridicolous amounts of PR and making a big deal about how their stupid laws are saving peoples lives, when they really aren't.

  7. It'll happen Avatar
    It'll happen

    Take peoples cars against their will and charging them for it is a great way to get yourself hurt.