Lewis Hamilton subjected to racist taunts at Catalunya
4 February 2008

Spanish fans shouted racist abuse at British driver, Lewis Hamilton, during the F1 practice session at Circuit de Catalunya last weekend. Though no official action has been taken, the FIA maintains that "abuse of this kind is a clear breach of the principles enshrined in the FIA statutes and any repetition will result in sanctions."However, the director of the Circuit de Catalunya has said that actions will be taken to avoid any further incidents. It was also pointed out that the circuit management took actions to remove the fans responsible for the abuse as soon as it occurred, and McLaren were happy with the actions taken. It has been decided that the circuit will work in conjunction with the Spanish police during the official race weekend, in order to ensure that the behaviour isn't repeated. It doesn't take much to work out that this is a result of the McLaren debacle last year. Many of the Spanish fans believe that their national hero, Fernando Alonso, was pushed out of the team by Hamilton and lost the 2007 championship as a result. Alonso left the team almost as soon as the season was over. He's now been signed to Renault - the team with which he became double world champion. Click here to find out why our F1 expert thinks the FIA should take more serious action.

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4 February 2008

Spain is a pretty racist place anyway.

28bhp never felt so fast

 

4 February 2008

The article in todays Telegraph was rather shocking. Some of the words directed at Hamilton were appalling. Stewards had to erect protection around the team garage and motorhome and clear the viewing areas around the teams garage.

This was recently seen at football matches in Spain and I recall even the England team were dragged into this not so long ago when Spanish fans made rascist remarks towards Sean Wright-Phillips.

Yes - remove the race from the calender.

4 February 2008

Hamilton is a black belt. Bring the pig in front of Hamilton and tell him to make the remarks to his face. Then allow Mr. Hamilton to rearrange his face.

4 February 2008

[quote Samiur Rahman SHAH]Hamilton is a black belt. Bring the pig in front of Hamilton and tell him to make the remarks to his face. Then allow Mr. Hamilton to rearrange his face.
[/quote]

Samiur,

It f*cking stinks but I'm pretty sure Lewis will get over it with a big contract in his pocket, lot's of available female company and a boat in Monaco harbour as and when he feels like a jaunt.

The idiots doing this can go back to their miserable little lives - doing not much of consequence and bathe in the efluence that is their limited intellect.

Scum like this should be removed from the F1 world - remove the race from the calender.

SP

:-)

4 February 2008

Spain doesn't appear to care about racism in many of its sports and appears to have a tolerance for it. It's odds on that these racists will raise their ugly heads at both grand prixs in Spain yet and if that's the case Spain should be barred from hosting any international motorsport events.

I just hope that any of our fans don't raise to Spain's level and hurl similar abuse to Alonso during the British Grand Prix because it not only makes us as bad as Spain, but you can guarantee the race would be thrown out of the following year's calendar, something you just know wouldn't happen to the Spanish races regardless of what has happened.

4 February 2008

[quote Roy Fullee]I just hope that any of our fans don't raise to Spain's level and hurl similar abuse to Alonso during the British Grand Prix because it not only makes us as bad as Spain, but you can guarantee the race would be thrown out of the following year's calendar, something you just know wouldn't happen to the Spanish races regardless of what has happened.[/quote]

What hope Roy?

I remember being at Silverstone the year after Damon was kicked out of the Williams - Frentzen was called everything under the sun down on Copse Corner.

I remember being at Silverstone when Schumacher broke his leg - a lot of people were waving at the helicoptor when it got off and shouting anti-German sentiments.

Alonso is going to cop for it methinks.

5 February 2008

I think the race should be removed from the calendar. I’m stunned that this sort of behaviour is tolerated to the extent that it is in Spain. Then again until international sports are no longer hosted in Spain, this sort of display will continue to happen as there is no punishment being meted out by governing bodies

FIA needs to take a much tougher line.

T1b

5 February 2008

Lets not make this go any lower and move the Grand Prix to Barcelona, period.

5 February 2008

What gets me about all this is that someone must have seen these guys walking into the stands all blacked up with scrawled on T shirts. Why were they not stopped?

Incidentally, I was listening to the radio at lunch time where they were talking to a Spanish correspondent who reports on Football. Paul Breen Turner has spent the last twenty years living in Spain, but reports the Spanish attitude to racism is very similar to what it was like in the UK in the early 1970's. It is only in the last 30 years they have had democracy.

He reported that his ex boss ( in the last month) told him to stop commenting on the monkey taunts being dished out to a black player and get on with commentating on the game.

The only real solution to this incident is to ban the race until the Spanish authorities take this sort of thing serious and can demonstrate they have got control of it.

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