A week to forget for Lewis Hamilton - and his dad!
PUBLISHED: 10:49 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009
WHEN Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton laughed off his dad's supercar crash, Burnham Green neighbours were not amused. Anthony Hamilton s borrowed Porsche Carrera GT hurtled into a children's playground last Wednesday afternoon. Speaking during the Canad
WHEN Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton laughed off his dad's supercar crash, Burnham Green neighbours were not amused.
Anthony Hamilton's borrowed Porsche Carrera GT hurtled into a children's playground last Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking during the Canadian Grand Prix meeting, 23-year-old McLaren driver Lewis said: "I got dad's email yesterday and I just laughed."
Lewis, who was set to have a pit lane prang himself, added: "He is not one to make mistakes. He is a very good driver but I don't know what he was up to."
But Terry Smith, who lives just round the corner from the crash scene, on Burnham Green Road, told the WHT it was "very, very lucky" that no children were hurt.
"Quite often my daughter takes her children down to play at the playground there and usually at about that time, he was lucky not to hurt anyone."
The father-of-three added: "It's only a 30mph road, how could he go off the road like that if he was only doing that speed?
"What does he intend to do with regards making good the damage caused by recklessness?
"May I suggest a new play area would go a long way towards showing the community that he does care and duly regrets what happened."
Dave Wainwright, from WGC, said: "I think he was lucky as last week it was the kids' time off school and that the play area could have been full of kids playing.
"Maybe he will respect the power of the car next time."
* A £330,000 supercar driven by Anthony Hamilton hurtled through a hedge and fence into a children's playground, after spinning 180 degrees.
The 48-year-old, who is the Tewin race ace's manager and father, came off Orchard Road, in Burnham Green, after he lost control of a borrowed Porsche Carrera GT.
Neither Anthony nor Linda - Lewis's stepmother - were injured in the accident, which happened just 200 metres from the family home, at 2.45pm last Wednesday.
However the car, which can do 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and can reach 205mph, will need major bodywork and undercarriage repair, which are expected to cost thousands.
A police spokesman said the driver was spoken to after the incident, but no further action would be taken.
The WHT was unable to contact Mr Hamilton Snr this week, but he was quoted in the national press after the crash offering his apologies.
* The crash happened just days before Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the Canadian Grand Prix after a pit lane mistake.
The 23-year-old - who had been leading Sunday's race - ploughed into Kimi Räikkönen's Ferrari after he failed to see a red light.
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