Hamilton won’t respond to Ecclestone remarks

Tue, 19 February 2008, 01:41

Lewis Hamilton is reluctant to comment on Bernie Ecclestone’s playing down of the Barcelona racism affair.

After McLaren driver Hamilton was racially abused by some Spanish spectators at a recent winter test, F1’s chief executive earlier this week dismissed the FIA’s subsequent promise of an anti-racism campaign as not “necessary”.

The anti-racism group Unite Against Fascism denounced Ecclestone’s dismissal as “totally unacceptable”, with a spokesman insisting to the British newspaper The Guardian that there “should be a clear message that bigotry and racism are not tolerated in formula one”.

But in St Petersburg on Monday to collect his Laureus award, the 23-year-old responded: “It’s not really something I want to comment on.

“I’ve moved forward and I’m looking forward to the first race,” F1’s only black driver is quoted as saying by PA Sport.

Hamilton returned to testing action at Jerez last week, and he will be back at the Circuit de Catalunya from next Monday.

“Honestly, I can’t wait to get back out there,” the Briton insisted.

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