News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Formula 1 News - February, 2008
Massa, de la Rosa, play down racism scandal

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
NewsOnF1 Mobile
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Time & Weather
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
NewsOnF1 Blogs
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
2010 World Cup
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
8 'n' Pole
2006 World Cup

Feb.12 (GMM) Felipe Massa has played down the racism scandal involving Lewis Hamilton as an overblown war between the British and Spanish press.

The Brazilian driver, who did not attend the Barcelona test because Ferrari was preparing to run for six days in Bahrain, told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the reported instances of racial abuse against Hamilton by spectators was "ugly".

"But I have not fully understood what went on," Massa said, "apart from the fact that it was a war between the Spanish newspapers and the British ones."

Massa, who is 26, says he did not believe everything that was reported by the media about the events at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"In my opinion formula one is different (from other sports); we have big fights, but always in the correct way, and this is also true of the fans," he added.

McLaren test driver and Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa, meanwhile, objects to the portrayal in the media of Spain as a racist nation.

"The Spanish fans are educated and peaceful people," he told the Spanish daily Diario AS.

"So much has been said about this issue. The important thing for me is that at the next test it can be demonstrated that all drivers are treated with respect, which has always been the case," de la Rosa added.

Discuss this topic on NewsOnF1 Forums

Back to the main news page

Back To Top


Official 2009 F1 Season Review

Grand Prix Data Book
Every Record from 1950-2005

Autocourse 2009 Annual

F1 World Championship Yearbook 2006

Formula 1 Technical Analysis: 2005

The Great Encyclopedia of Formula 1: 2007 Edition

The Official Tribute To Ayrton Senna
1960 To 1994

Chariot Makers: Assembling the Perfect Formula 1 Car

The Science of
F1 Design

F1 Racing Magazine

Autosport Magazine

Formula 1 Driver Biographies

Auto Magazines

Formula 1 Books

Race Driving Books

Race Car Design Books

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers