Mosley: Racism was also seen last year

FIA president Max Mosley has revealed that it is not the first time that Lewis Hamilton has suffered abuse from Spanish fans. In an interview with British newspaper the Sunday Times, Mosley said that Hamilton s father had informed him that some fans hurled abuse at the young driver at last season s Chinese Grand Prix.

“Anthony Hamilton told me that there were some people in China who were also appallingly abusive not Chinese fans but people who had travelled from Spain,” Mosley explained.

Mosley also reiterated that abusive behaviour was not acceptable and the FIA would do everything in their power to stamp out the problem.

“If they were to Australia and did something like that, they would get arrested and we would know their names and passport numbers and they wouldn t get into another country. We will do everything we can to stamp this out we will do whatever it takes.

“If, as appears to be the case, a very small number of people are involved, it ought to be possible to stop it immediately. If it isn t, then we have sanctions and we could pull the Grand Prix.”

The FIA are planning an anti-racism campaign which will start early on in the season, quite possibly at the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona in April.