Spain condemns Hamilton abuse!!!
Spain's motorsport federation has hit out at the "mindless idiots" who hurled racist abuse at Lewis Hamilton during Formula One testing at Barcelona at the weekend.
The 23-year-old Briton, who struck up a deep rivalry with Spain's racing hero Fernando Alonso during their time together at McLaren last year, was booed whenever he left the team's garage or motorhome by Alonso supporters. Far worse though, were the monkey costumes a number wore, along with tee-shirts with the phrase "I am in Hamilton's family" emblazoned across them, and the cries from the stands that translated as "bloody black" and "black s**t."
And, after Formula One's governing body the FIA warned that Spain risked losing its Grands Prix unless it took action, the RFEA said that anyone caught acting racist in the future would face serious sanctions. "The Federation wants to show its absolute repulse at these incomprehensible events," the RFEA said. "These kind of madmen who confuse sporting rivalry with violence must know that the Federation will have no tolerance with them."
Barcelona is due to host the Spanish Grand Prix on April 27. It will be the fifth round of the world championship
(you can see horrible videos in youtube about what happened
Sydney set to launch GP bid!! Sydney are set to launch an audacious bid to ensure the Australian Grand Prix stays on the Formula One calendar, if Melbourne loses its right to stage the race after next year. Bernie Ecclestone siad that he was unlikely to renew a race contract with organisers of the current race at Albert Park in Melbourne. The reasons are believed to revolve around Victoria premier's reluctance to sanction a move to have the race held at night - something that Ecclestone wants to maximise TV viewing figures in European time zones.
Australia has hosted a Formula One race every year since 1985, with Adelaide in South Australia hosting the race until it was switched to Melbourne in 1996. It is unknown whether a move to Sydney would mean a re-development of the Eastern Creek or Oran Park circuits, or whether a street race would be set up.
(hope it will not happen bc Albert Park is a wonderful circuit!!