Racism and even threats were hauled at Timo Glock and his family in the wake of the dramatic championship finale of 2008.

Racism and even threats were hauled at Timo Glock and his family in the wake of the dramatic championship finale of 2008.

Had Lewis Hamilton not passed the Toyota driver at the final corner of the Brazilian grand prix, the Briton would have lost the title to Felipe Massa.

Many of Hamilton's detractors sensed a conspiracy, venting their anger at 27-year-old Glock.

"The reaction of many German fans was really bad," he revealed.

"Apparently there are a great many racist people who did not want Hamilton to be world champion," he said in Melbourne in an interview with the Darmstadter Echo newspaper.

Glock revealed that the abuse hurled at him extended to personal threats, including against his family. "We know where your parents live" was one such warning, the German driver said.

 

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