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Lewis Hamilton burns rubber in Changi

By Zaki JufriEvents - 19 September 2012 11:30 PM | Updated 21 September 2012

Lewis Hamilton burns rubber in Changi

Lewis Hamilton waves to the crowd in the McLaren MP4-12C after blazing his signature on the tarmac. Photo: Shirly Hamra

Most people will normally make their John Hancock with a pen and on paper, but not Lewis Hamilton – he has to do it in heart-stopping style.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 driver got behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4-12C on Wednesday afternoon (19 September) at the Changi Exhibition Centre and proceeded to slip and slide across the tarmac to scorch his signature.

Lewis Hamilton

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The stunt is part of Johnnie Walker’s “Join the Pact” initiative, which asks people to commit to saying no to drink-driving.

Fellow F1 drivers Jenson Button and Mika Hakkinen, who took to sports cars to make their signatures in the tarmac last year, also support the campaign.

This was the first time in the world that the stunt was performed for a live audience. 

Hamilton tweeted after the event: 'In Singapore, working with Johnnie Walker jointhepact.com... had to burn out my signature! Was dope...'

Hamilton is in town for the 2012 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, which happens this weekend and is trailing front-runner Fernando Alonso by 37 points. He last won the race here in 2009.

All eyes are on the 27-year-old after he made headlines when he admitted his future at the McLaren team looks uncertain.

Rumour has it that Hamilton could be leaving McLaren for Mercedes for the 2013 season.

2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix is on from 21-23 September, 2012. Tickets available at www.singaporegp.sg/ticket/ticket_price.php