The spectre of racism on Sunday again raised its head at the Circuit de Catalunya, more than a year after last winter's incident.

The spectre of racism on Sunday again raised its head at the Circuit de Catalunya, more than a year after last winter's incident.

Then, the Spanish circuit was lucky to escape formal sanctions, after a group of testing spectators screamed foul insults, blacked out their faces and wore t-shirts bearing the words (Lewis) 'Hamilton's family'.

Race organisers promised there would be no recurrence, but the BBC broadcast of the Spanish grand prix showed images of at least one spectator in the crowd with a blacked out face.

Former McLaren driver David Coulthard said it was "not a good thing to see", while Eddie Jordan warned the FIA it needs to "come down heavily" on the venue because racism is "totally and absolutely unacceptable".

Referring to the 2008 testing incident, the former team owner added: "I think there is a suspended sentence still hanging over them because the FIA did come down very strongly, and rightly so."

 

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