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Glock joins Hamilton in the F1 abuse club.

Following on from the racist insults directed at newly-crowned 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton in the build-up to the title-deciding Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos earlier this month, Timo Glock has found himself the latest driver to come in for abuse.

The German's Toyota outfit took a gamble on leaving him out on slick tyres in the closing stages of the 71-lap race in São Paulo as the rain began to fall for the second time with only a handful of tours remaining, but such was his lack of grip that Glock lost 18 seconds on the final lap alone.

That saw him cede places to both Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton in the very dying seconds as he slipped from fourth position back to sixth – and with it enabled the latter to pip Ferrari's Felipe Massa to the drivers' crown by the narrowest margin of just a single point.

The 26-year-old was roundly booed by Brazilian fans in the Autodromo Carlos Pace grandstands afterwards, and since then Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell reports that further abuse has been written in the guestbook on his personal website, in the form of 500 obscene messages. Amongst the insults were one comparing him to 'a Polish toilet cleaner' and another wishing him to lose a leg in an accident.

Those who wrote racist slurs about Hamilton – the sport's first-ever black world champion – were unanimously condemned in both the international racing and wider political world.

Official F1 timing showed that Glock's Toyota team-mate Jarno Trulli – who similarly stayed out on dry rubber as the grand prix neared its conclusion – lost an almost identical amount of time on the final lap.


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Appleby - Unregistered

November 12, 2008 6:29 PM

I met Timo Glock when he raced in Champ Cars and he is an outstanding and gentlemanly man. For anybody to talk about him in this abusive way is not only childish, but deserving of a good kick up the backside. But then again, these are Ferrari fans we are talking about and they had a seven year Bad Example set about how things are supposed to work at Ferrari. While I personally don''t care for Lewis Hamilton and am tired of the perpetual cry of ''racism'' I was happy to see him eke out the championship just to see the look on Ferrari''s face.

fluffy - Unregistered

November 12, 2008 6:43 PM

I met Lewis Hamilton twice at his book signing and at Brooklands, and he is a polite, gentle, lovely man. For anybody to post racist abuse against him on a website, or dress up in a racially provocative way, or hurl racist abuse at him, or try to scupper his chances by throwing things at him at promotional events, is not childish - it is downright nasty and unacceptable. While I have nothing against Timo Glock because I don't know him, and I wish racism in F1 and life in general was taken more seriously and not dismissed as if it didn't matter, I am delighted Lewis won the championship and think it is symptomatic of the morons who hate Lewis that Timo got this unfair abuse.



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