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LONDON - The father of new Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says racial abuse and other insults directed at his son and family had led him to consider withdrawing the 23-year-old black driver from the sport.
Anthony Hamilton expressed dismay at what he described as a hate campaign from different parts of the world against his son, who finished fifth in Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to become the youngest and first black driver to win the F1 season title.
"My family has taken a lot of stick [abuse] this past week, not just this past week, but the past few months," Anthony was quoted as saying in British newspapers yesterday, speaking in Sao Paulo. "I did think that maybe this isn't the place for my family because as a parent you make sure you do right for your family and kids."
Anthony said he never spoke to his son about withdrawing.
"I kept it to myself, even though I was going home thinking, 'I didn't think the world was quite like this,"' he said in The Guardian. "And then you think, 'It's just the way it is,' and I'd send Lewis a text saying, 'Whatever happens, people love you'." - Sapa-AP