5 Nov 2008

Hamilton's father decries racist abuse

5:53 am on 5 November 2008

Lewis Hamilton's father has revealed he had considered withdrawing his son from motor racing because of racial abuse.

Speaking from Sao Paulo where his 23 year old son last weekend became the youngest formula one world chamopion, Anthony Hamilton expressed dismay at what he described as a hate campaign towards his family from different parts of the world over the last few months, although he never spoke to Lewis about withdrawing.

In the week leading up to last weekend's Brazilian grand prix, Lewis Hamilton was racially abused on a Spanish web site, insulted by two Brazilian comedians and handed a black cat - a symbol of bad luck in Brazil - at a sponsor's function.

Anthony Hamilton said his 16-year-old son, Nicholas, who has cerebral palsy, had also been handed a black cat as he entered their hotel.