F1: Hamilton targeted by racists on eve of final race

  • Associated Press
  • Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:17pm
  • SportsSports

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Formula One title favorite Lewis Hamilton has been the target of racist messages at a Web site aimed at promoting his failure in the decisive Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Web site www.pinchalaruedadehamilton.com (or Burst Hamilton’s Tires) asks visitors to place images of pins, nails and porcupines on the Interlagos track to try to keep F1’s first black driver from finishing Sunday’s race.

Visitors are invited to “leave a message to Hamilton,” and many of them are full of racism and obscenities.

The Web site says, in Spanish, that “Hamilton cannot finish the race” and that “We want Hamilton to lose.”

Formula One’s governing body condemned the Web site, according to Brazilian media, saying that it is against any act of “discrimination and prejudice.”

FIA this year launched an anti-racism campaign after Spanish fans taunted Hamilton during testing in Spain.

Hamilton last year was at odds with Spain’s two-time world champion Fernando Alonso when the pair raced for McLaren.

Hamilton enters the final race of the year with a chance to win his first title and become F1’s youngest champion at age 23. He has a seven-point advantage over Ferrari’s Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, and can win the championship by finishing fifth or better on Sunday.

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