11 May 2009

Motorsport investigated 'blacked up' spectator

6:39 pm on 11 May 2009

Formula One's governing body is investigation reports of a black painted spectator at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit where world champion Lewis Hamilton was racially abused last season.

The BBC website published a picture of one blacked-up spectator, but there was no suggestion that Hamilton had experienced any abuse.

The FIA warned the Spanish authorities last year that they could face sanctions if there was any repeat of the incidents experienced by Hamilton, Formula One's first black champion, at a test drive in February last year.