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'Rise above it' says a motivated Hamilton

Madrid, Feb 13: Just ten days after Lewis Hamilton was racially abused by spectators at a pre-season test in Barcelona, the Formula One star said he will 'rise above' the controversy that saddened him.

The 23-year-old Briton has already started showing signs of arrival into the groove when he set the pace in Formula One testing at Jerez yesterday.
Formula One's first black driver did 89 laps yesterday with a best time of one minute 19.102 seconds setting the fastest time of the day.
''I think, as with everything being thrown at you, you try and take it on the chin and ride above it,'' Hamilton told local media.

Hamilton, whose grandparents are from the Caribbean islands, said Cool Runnings's song 'Rise above It' does give him a lot motivation and he often turns to it.

The movie is about how a few Jamaican athletes rose above ridicule and entered a bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

''(In) that film, there is a song 'Rise Above It' and for me, it's useful for any tough time -- you might have to just rise above it,'' Hamilton said.


Story first published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 15:06 [IST]
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