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Last Updated: Thursday February 14 2008 08:22 GMT

F1 launches war on racism

Lewis Hamilton

Formula One is launching an anti-racism campaign after star racer Lewis Hamilton suffered abuse.

The 23-year-old was booed at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, which is where the scheme will start at the Spanish Grand Prix in April.

Racism is when someone thinks different skin colour or religious beliefs make some people better than others.

Some of the crowd had also painted their faces black and wore T-shirts saying 'Hamilton's family'.

A spokesman said FIA, the organisation behind Formula One, "was appalled by the scenes of racist abuse targeted at Lewis Hamilton."

"Formula One is a global, multi-cultural sport and has never encountered such scenes before and will not tolerate them in future," added the spokesman.