Monday, February 4, 2008

Spain condemns racist abuse against Hamilton

Spain's motor racing federation (RFEA) and the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona have condemned the racist abuse of Lewis Hamilton by spectators at the Formula One test last weekend.

The statements come after the sport's governing FIA warned of possible sanctions, including threats to the status of Spain's two Grands Prix, the first at Barcelona and the second to be an inaugural event in the port city of Valencia.

"The Federation wants to show its absolute repulse at these incomprehensible events," an excerpt from the RFEA's statement on Monday read.

"These kind of madmen who confuse sporting rivalry with violence must know that the Federation will have no tolerance with them," it added.

The Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, meanwhile, said it also backs the FIA's position against discrimination of all sorts, and vowed to lodge an official report with the governing body as requested.

"The Circuit de Catalunya will not allow even the smallest incident to repeat itself within its facilities, and new measures are currently being taken into consideration in addition to those implemented during the latest sessions," the Spanish Grand Prix host said, also refusing to rule out taking legal action against those who perpetrated the abuse.

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