Feb.27 (GMM) Vijay Mallya, the owner of the new Force India team, has questioned the FIA's reaction to the recent Spanish racism affair.
The Indian billionaire roundly condemned the actions of the "oddballs" who taunted Lewis Hamilton at a recent Barcelona test, but reckons formula one's governing body was wrong to make too big a fuss about the incident."If you take protective measures, you are only acknowledging there is a threat," Mallya told the Daily Mail, amid reports that security has been tighter as the circus tested again at the Circuit de Catalunya this week.The FIA also reacted strongly to the racial abuse of F1's only black driver, threatening to wipe Spain off the annual calendar and vowing to launch an anti-racism campaign at the Barcelona race this year.But Mallya said of the alleged racism: "It should be rubbished."You can't punish a nation. There are oddballs out there in every country."You can't begin to make the rules and regulations around racism."I think you are giving racism too much importance. You take care of them locally."You can't allow it to escalate into a major international issue," he insisted.