McLaren expects no racial incidents at Jerez

Tue, 12 February 2008, 11:40

For the first time since the racism scandal broke out in Barcelona recently, Lewis Hamilton will return to the Spanish winter test tracks on Tuesday.

McLaren has scheduled three days of running for the 23-year-old at Jerez, in the south of the country, and Mercedes’ racing boss Norbert Haug is not anticipating any more problems.

“We believe that every fan will behave as they should,” he told the German newspaper Bild.

FIA president Max Mosley has threatened to strip the two Spanish grands prix from the calendar if circuit organisers cannot get a grip on the kind of racial taunts directed at F1’s only black driver in Barcelona.

Haug said: “For us, the incident is in the past, and the vast majority of people have always behaved correctly.”

The German said McLaren has not organised any extra security arrangements for the Jerez test, and Briton Hamilton will not be protected by a bodyguard.

“Safety is a matter for the track operators,” Haug insisted. “From our side, nothing (extra) is planned.

“But we will watch closely how the situation develops. The same is true of the FIA.”

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