Red Bull has confirmed it will continue to “support” Juri Vips after dropping him as their test and reserve driver over his use of a racial slur.
The FIA has summoned Artem Severiukhin to a hearing tomorrow over his actions on the podium during the European Karting Championship in Portimao.
The disquiet over Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks on racism which appeared in several newspapers recently has apparently calmed down after Ecclestone cleared things up with Lewis Hamilton and his family: I meant [the supporters who targeted Hamilton in Spain] were a joke, clowns… I’ve spoken with Lewis’s dad Anthony and he understands, everything’s fine. But some … Continue reading Did Bernie Ecclestone really scrap the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?
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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)
The Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League have ended their 12-year feud and joined back together, a move that could have interesting consequences for Formula 1. Also in the F1 blogs this week, video of Juan Pablo Montoya wrestling, Spyker describe Formula 1 as a ‘massive bleeder’, F1 Racing gets a new editor … Continue reading F1 blogs review: Champ Car and IRL merge
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
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
Many thanks to Alex who alerted me to this fascinating interview with Bernie Ecclestone in the Daily Mail. The article does not appear to have been written for Formula 1 fans and so Ecclestone did not get a grilling him on the kind of questions I would put to him – like why a sport … Continue reading Bernie Ecclestone is bored with Formula 1 (updated)
“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
In the F1 news this week Red Bull are auctioning one of their Formula 1 cars on eBay. Plus Mark Webber urges Melbourne to do what it can to keep the Australian Grand Prix, and a film festival will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death.
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
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
The row over racism in Formula 1 following the abuse of Lewis Hamilton in Spain last week propelled the sport onto the front pages of many newspapers and led to a frenzy of coverage. Here’s a cross-section of reaction from a range of blogs including sites about F1, Spain, general sport, black people and more, … Continue reading F1 blogs review – Racism and more
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
Formula 1 was one of the last sports to abandon apartheid South Africa, though several teams boycotted the final 1985 race on the original Kyalami circuit.
Ferrari and Toyota stayed away from this week’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, and with Super Aguri still absent that left eight teams testing at the track near Barcelona. The test was marred by ugly scenes as some of the spectators that showed up hurled racist taunts and abuse at Lewis Hamilton. And for … Continue reading 2008 F1 testing round-up 5
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
Track officials at the Circuit de Catalunya closed one of the spectators enclosures during today’s F1 testing at the circuit after prolonged abuse aimed at the McLaren team from a group of spectators. Anti-Hamilton and McLaren banners have been commonplace during testing this winter, most of which is conducted at Spanish venues such as Jerez, … Continue reading In it for the hate