A British journalist asked Hamilton: “After riding a bike and filming as you were going along do you feel whether you have any responsibility to set an example to others not to do that, or not?”
“I don’t have much of an answer for you, unfortunately,” a stone-faced Hamilton replied. His inquisitor persisted: “You have always said that you were an example to young dudes. I just wondered if in light of that you should show an example.” But Hamilton merely shrugged and said, “Again I don’t have much of an answer for you.”
Hamilton filmed himself riding a Harley-Davidson on a highway in Auckland and posted it on social media. A spokesman for New Zealand police said: “‘If there is clear evidence that a mobile phone has been used to record this footage and it has been recorded by hand, as opposed to from a fixed device, then this would be deemed an offence.”
But after investigating the incident the police said they would be taking no further action because of a “lack of evidence.”
Hamilton has been in trouble before when journeying to the Australian Grand Prix. In 2010 he was fined for reckless driving – or ‘hooning’ – and his Mercedes road car was impounded. Last year, within a month of winning his third world championship in Austin, he crashed his supercar close to his home in Monaco, hitting three stationary vehicles. And in 2007 he had his driving licence suspended for a month after speeding in France.
This article was written by Paul Weaver in Melbourne, for theguardian.com on Thursday 17th March 2016 06.23 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010