Hamilton's focus remains on title
Thursday 24 April 2008
As motorsport's governing body prepares to launch their anti-racism campaign, Lewis Hamilton says he is more concerned about performing well in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona than he is about another outbreak of the racist behaviour by local fans that he had to endure there two months ago.
The FIA announced their proactive "Racing Against Racism" initiative after a handful of fans abused Hamilton in February. There was no recurrence in the recent test at the Circuit de Catalunya, after they threatened that further incidents could cost Spain their two grands prix.
And Hamilton says he is happy to be racing at a venue he adores. "It is a great track. We can't ever lose it from the calendar. It always sees competitive racing, and there are so many enthusiastic fans there which makes for a great atmosphere."
He goes into the first race of the European leg of the world championship determined to eradicate the memory of a troubled weekend in Bahrain which saw him drop five points behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
"I fell back to 10th and tried to regain my position early on, and that was a big mistake," he said. "I will also make sure what happened at the beginning of the race never happens again.
"Of course last year I had nine podiums in the first nine races, and that was fantastic, but then the end of the year wasn't as strong.
"If I'm in the situation now where I've had my worst races already and they are followed up by 15 consecutive podiums, I would be very happy.
"There is still a long way to go. We saw last year how Kimi came from a long way back, demonstrating how anything can happen. So I have certainly not ruled out the opportunity to win this year."
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: The best memes as the internet reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger reveals the Gunners are still in the market for defensive midfielder
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Risky business to think Balotelli can replace Suarez
Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
AEL Limassol vs Tottenham match report: Erik Lamela shrugs off last season’s woes to set up Spurs fightback
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians