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GP Week : Issue 41
> F1NEWS> ries FIA’s racial neutrality ADRIAN Sutil has questioned whether there might be racial motivation behind the number of punishments handed to Lewis Hamilton by the FIA. Sutil, a former F3 team-mate of Hamilton’s and one of the Briton’s best friends, made the comment in his blog on Dutch website Formule 1 Race Report. “Lewis must be sick of this. I have no idea how he has got so many punishments,”he told the magazine. “Gradually you start to ask yourself why it always happens to him. Is it because he has another skin colour?” The comment is sure to anger the FIA which, in light of racially motivated aggression towards Hamilton in 2007 and at a pre- season test at Barcelona in early 2008, established its ‘Everyrace’anti- racism campaign and website. “One thing that most attracted me to motor sport was that nobody cared about your background, race, gender or religion; all that mattered was how quick you were,”said FIA President Max Mosley when the campaign was launched at the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix “The sport is all about a driver’s ability and this will never have anything to do with their race or the colour of their skin,”Bernie Ecclestone confirmed at the time. With his friend back in the dock and at the centre of an ever- increasing controversy, it would appear that Adrian Sutil, for one, is not convinced. All roads lead to Shanghai ... Nico Rosberg gives new meaning to the term ‘blind corners’