F1 »

Dennis: We will rise above abuse.

McLaren-Mercedes principal Ron Dennis insists neither the team nor Lewis Hamilton will be remotely distracted by the emergence of a website that has directed racist abuse towards its title challenger.

Reports in the media have flagged up a website, originating in Spain, where posters have been able to leave messages of derision against Hamilton, with a considerable number of posters angling derogatory racial comments towards the first black driver to compete in Formula 1.

It comes ahead of this season's final race in Brazil, where Hamilton needs to finish fifth or higher to become the youngest ever Formula 1 title winner.

However, Dennis is refusing to let the furore cloud their weekend's goals, insisting they will simply 'rise above it' and not allow themselves to be distracted.

“Of course I am aware of the site's existence. I haven't looked at any of the material. To be honest, one of the few things that gives you some sort of an advantage of age – which is unfortunately what I have, age – is that you experience throughout your lifetime all sorts of pressure groups throughout the world who, through freedom of speech, are allowed to express their views. Again, you just have to rise above it. If it is, in any shape or form, designed to distract the team or Lewis, it certainly is not going to do so.”

Going on to speak about what he considers the right course of action to take against the abuse, Dennis insists it is not the task of McLaren to solely tackle what is a wider issue.

“Really it's not for us to take action against these people; in some instances it's governments and in some instances it's organisations that are designed specifically to address these issues in this world but it's certainly not a Grand Prix team.

“It's certainly not McLaren and we refuse to be drawn into something which is widespread through this world in different ways. As I said, it is not going to distract us from our objectives and it's certainly not going to distract Lewis.

Coming in the year that the FIA set up the 'Racing Against Racism' initiative in the wake of the racist activity during pre-season testing, fellow team bosses Stefano Domenicali, Flavio Briatore and Mario Theissen have also come out in disgust regarding the abuse.

“I don't want to give too much publicity to these guys,” Ferrari's Domenicali said. “The more we speak and the more we give them the chance to speak… so I think it's common sense alone because there's no need to say anything. It's not a problem for Lewis, it's a problem for the world, to be respectful of everyone.

“The same position as Stefano and Ron,” added Renault manager Briatore. “It's disgraceful. We're in a sport and we're fighting on Sunday together but it's completely disgraceful.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23, Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 22nd-25th, May 2008
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Jeff - Unregistered

November 01, 2008 10:47 AM

I''m not a big F1 fan, but if Hammo and McLaren win this weekend, i suppose it just gives ''them'' something else to be jealous of,,,EH. Would be nice to see Spain lose their F1 race because of it.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.