FIA to launch anti-racism initiative 13 Feb 2008
Formula One racings ruling body, the FIA, is planning to launch a Racing against Racism campaign at Aprils Spanish Grand Prix. The move follows racist abuse directed at McLarens Lewis Hamilton at a recent Barcelona test session.
At the time the FIA publically condemned the actions of what was believed to be a small number of spectators, warning that any repetition of such events could result in serious sanctions.
Now the FIA has taken matters into its own hands with a new initiative it hopes will unite all those involved in motorsport, both on and off the track, in the fight against racism.
The FIA said it was surprised and disappointed at the abuse directed at Lewis Hamilton, adding that abuse of this kind is a clear breach of the principles enshrined in the FIA statutes.
Hamilton, whose intense rivalry with local hero Fernando Alonso won him some less-than-favourable media coverage in the Spanish press last year, is back in Spain this week for testing at Jerez.