Lewis Hamilton, Formula One's first black driver, endured racist taunts from spectators at testing, Spanish media reported Sunday.
The Brit, 23, was jeered and insulted when he moved between the McLaren motorhome and the team's garage at the Montmelo circuit Saturday.
Circuit director Ramon Pradera instructed staff to erect barriers around the team's paddock for Hamilton's safety, the reports said.
Banners making references to Hamilton and team boss Ron Dennis were removed, and the stands directly above McLaren's garage were cleared to ensure no debris could be thrown down when the car returned to the pit lane.
"We would like to make a plea to the fans to behave correctly," Pradera said. "No type of offensive behavior can be tolerated."
Sharapova helps Russiaget to Fed Cup semifinals
Maria Sharapova won her second Fed Cup match of the weekend to help defending champ Russia beat host Israel 4-1 and reach the semis. She beat Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1 before Anna Chakvetadze clinched it 6-4, 6-2 over Tzipi Obziler. Host China beat France 3-2 when Yan Zi and Zheng Jie beat Nathalie Dechy and Virginie Razzano 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). It next faces Spain, which clinched a win over host Italy when Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-1.
postponed: Day 2 of the U.S.-Germany match in San Diego was rained out and is scheduled to resume today tied at 1. Lindsay Davenport faces Tatjana Malek; Ashley Harkleroad faces Sabine Lisicki; and Davenport and Lisa Raymond face Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.
McAllister seeks historyat Derby Lane today
McAllister Kennels today tries to become the first in Derby Lane history to win 400 races in a meet. It needs three among 11 entries.
American wins his thirdsuper-combi championship
American Bode Miller clinched the super-combi World Cup title by winning in Val D'Isere, France. Miller, who also won in 2003 and 2004, was the fastest in the downhill then held on in the slalom to finish in 2:18.45, .38 faster than Croatia's Ivica Kostelic. With six events left, he also leads the overall World Cup standings.
Women: American Lindsey Vonn finished .01 out of third and .3 out of first in a super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to stay second overall with six events left. Canada's Emily Brydon won.
Soccer: Host Ghana and Ivory Coast reached the African Cup of Nations semifinals, beating Nigeria 2-1 and Guinea 5-0, respectively. Ghana next faces Cameroon or Tunisia. Ivory Coast next faces Egypt or Angola. Those matches are today.
speed skating: American Shani Davis won the 1,500-meter World Cup event in Baselga Di Pine, Italy. He finished in 1:46.85, .54 faster than the Netherlands' Simon Kuipers.