British press fury over Hamilton hate site

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Several of the major British newspapers are reporting today about a Spanish-registered website set up to direct taunts at Lewis Hamilton. Here’s a typical example of the coverage from The Sun: F1 ace Lewis Hamilton is facing another vile race hate campaign from Spanish yobs as he prepares to win the drivers’ title. Racist abuse … Continue reading British press fury over Hamilton hate site

Spygate and racism: F1 back in the news (updated)

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Every major British newspaper has at least one Formula 1 story in it today – and they aren’t good news for the sport. McLaren boss Ron Dennis’s home has been raided as the spygate investigations intensify. Two days ago a report in Spanish newspaper Marca alleged Mercedes were on the verge of taking over McLaren … Continue reading Spygate and racism: F1 back in the news (updated)

F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

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In the F1 news this week Fernando Alonso first approached Flavio Briatore about returning to Renault in March of last year after just one round of the championship. Plus Ralf Schumacher comes clean about his claims of having an F1 seat for 2008, Kimi Raikkonen hints at his eventual retirement, and Bahrain International Circuit takes … Continue reading F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

Alonso unconcerned by racist abuse of Hamilton

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Fernando Alonso has broken his silence on the racist abuse of Lewis Hamilton by supporters of his at the Circuit de Catalunya two weeks ago: This is not a racist country. This was an isolated thing — and the less it is talked about, the better. There were people enjoying Carnival and look what happened. … Continue reading Alonso unconcerned by racist abuse of Hamilton

F1 blogs review: Flight difficulties

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“Flight difficulties” have caused the FIA to postpone Nigel Stepney’s date with them to discuss the small matter of why he felt compelled to give 780 pages of information about Ferrari’s car to McLaren. Also in the F1 blogs this week the Singapore Grand Prix ticket hotline sees huge demand for tickets to the night … Continue reading F1 blogs review: Flight difficulties

Spanish Grand Prix to host FIA anti-racism launch

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Max Mosley is sparing no-one’s blushes with his response to last week’s row over racism in Formula 1. He’s announced the FIA will launch a campaign called ‘racing against racism’ this year. And the venue he’s picked for it? The Circuit de Catalunya, host of the Spanish Grand Prix, where the incident took place last … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix to host FIA anti-racism launch

Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test

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Max 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 … Continue reading Mosley reiterates Spanish GP threat ahead of test

F1 news review: racism row

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The British papers today have some conflicting reports on the reaction in Spain: “Spanish media chose to overlook latest incident” (The Times) “Spanish view: ‘Hooligans’ abuse Hamilton” (Daily Telegraph) I’m not sure I agree with The Times’s opinion piece. Some F1 sites have reported about coverage of the incident in Spain, although it is unclear … Continue reading F1 news review: racism row

Apartheid controversy overshadows Mansell’s second win

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I never hesitate to grumble when I feel F1’s governing body has done something wrong, so I think they should be applauded for their prompt handling of the racism row that erupted over the weekend. Likewise the Spanish motor sport authorities and the operators of the Circuit de Catalunya have made all the right moves … Continue reading Apartheid controversy overshadows Mansell’s second win

F1 must take a stand against racism

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Yesterday I wrote that “I haven’t seen any evidence of a racial motivation” in the attacks Lewis Hamilton has been subjected to in Spain this week. Today damning evidence of that fact has come in from a number of sources, the worst being of four spectators at the track with blacked-up faces and gorilla masks … Continue reading F1 must take a stand against racism

Lewis Hamilton fans ‘racist’ (updated)

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Spanish motor sport federation head Carlos Gracia had this to say about the popularity of Lewis Hamilton among British F1 fans, speaking in Spanish newspaper El Publico: It is perfectly normal for a British team and British fans wanting to succeed in formula one but it is ironic that the racists in England are having … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton fans ‘racist’ (updated)