Teams applaud FIA anti-racism campaign
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, February 15th 2008, 10:45 GMT|
The FIA's plans to launch an anti-racism campaign in motorsport later this year have been applauded by a number of Formula One teams.
'Racing against Racism' will be officially launched at the Spanish Grand Prix as a way of showing that racism will not be tolerated in motorsport. Teams, drivers and circuits will all be asked to throw their weight behind the campaign.
The idea received immediate support from McLaren, whose driver Lewis Hamilton was subjected to racist abuse at a Spanish test recently, and other teams have now followed suit.
Toyota president John Howett told autosport.com: "Panasonic Toyota Racing supports any efforts to combat racism and we fully endorse the stance being adopted by the FIA."
Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner added: "We applaud the FIA's efforts on this front. Racism has no part to play in any sport, let alone motor racing."
Super Aguri's Daniel Audetto said his team were sure to sign up as supporters of the campaign.
"Super Aguri F1 Team will of course be supporting the FIA's 'Racing Against Racism' campaign," he explained. "Formula One has enjoyed many decades of harmonious racing all over the world and we will be behind this initiative 100%"
There seems little doubt that all teams on the grid will support the campaign, which should ensure there are no repeats of the scenes that were witnessed at the Barcelona test.
A Ferrari spokesman made it clear that they too were fully behind it. He said: "Ferrari has solidarity with all initiatives against any type of discrimination."