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FIA to launch anti-racism initiative 13 Feb 2008

FIA Flag as the grid girls practice their routine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia, 22 March 2003 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/23 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 01 February 2008. World © Patching/Sutton

Formula One racing’s ruling body, the FIA, is planning to launch a ‘Racing against Racism’ campaign at April’s Spanish Grand Prix. The move follows racist abuse directed at McLaren’s 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.