Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Max Mosley, Lewis Hamilton, FIA Gala, 2007 | FIAMax Mosley has re-affirmed his threat to cancel this year’s two Grands Prix in Spain if there is any repeat of the racist abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton at the Circuit de Catalunya last week.

He has also revealed Hamilton was racially abused by Spanish spectators at the Chinese Grand Prix:

Anthony Hamilton told me that there were some people in China who were also appallingly abusive; not Chinese fans, but people who had travelled from Spain.

If Mosley had first heard of the problem back in October then one assumes the Spanish motor racing authority were warned about it. However he also pointed out only a small number of people have been involved so far:

If, as appears to be the case, a very small number of people are involved, it ought to be possible to stop it immediately. If it isn’t, then we have sanctions and we could pull the Grand Prix.

Although it does seem that the racist abuse was coming from a small section of the crowd, the FIA must show they are aware that tolerating it for any length of time will only encourage it to grow.

Furthermore if the FIA were to ignore it, Mosley could end up facing damaging questions relating to his father, who was the leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s.

Judging by Max Mosley’s reaction so far I don’t think he has done anything to deserve it. Last week some members of the British press were calling for harsher penalties and suggesting the races were in no danger of being cancelled, but there seems to be a greater sense of perspective in recent reports.

McLaren and several other teams are testing at the Circuito do Jerez from Tuesday to Thursday this week (12-14th), and returning to the Circuit de Catalunya on the Tuesday to Thursday after (19-21st). (For more test dates see the F1Fanatic Google Calendar).

But it’s not just the organisers of the Spanish racers who need to be careful – racism is not only a problem Spain.

Photo copyright: FIA

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23 comments on “Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test”

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  1. Powerline 2008
    12th February 2008, 2:37

    Give Max a break guys. He’s trying his best not to create another scandal for F1 this year. You’ve to appreciate his family background to understand this. His parents were heading the BUF movement before WWII & went to prison for it. They counted Hitler as a personal friend. I guess Max is determine to break with his pass. So give him a break.

  2. What kind of a dumbass fan would travel all of the way from Spain to China, just to be an idiot and hurl insults at another driver? If Hamilton only wins two races this year, I hope it’s in Barcelona and Valencia. That would almost too good to hope for.

  3. Guys,
    I’m catalan and I’ve seen all footage available and there is no racial abuse at all, at least that has been caught by the cameras.
    I first condemned the attacks and would do it again but that’s not the case: THERE WAS NO RACIST ABUSE!!! If Lewis had not been black the insults would have been the same, honestly. It looks like british media was just trying to sell more papers and probably it worked out.

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