Some observers criticize F1 (and motorsports in general) for its racial homogeny. Aside from the notable exception of some Japanese drivers (and Williams test driver Narain Karthikeyan) the field of grand prix pilots is almost entirely white, with the majority of drivers coming from Europe.

McLaren protégé Lewis Hamilton, a Black British driver of West Indie origin, might add some color to the F1 grid if he makes the jump from GP2 to Formula One next season as many predict. Now Ho-Pin Tung, champion of the German F3 series, is looking to advance to GP2 (or alternatively Champ Cars) for next season with an eye towards F1 in 2008. Ethnically Chinese, Tung, who was born in Holland and tested for Williams in 2003, would be China's first F1 driver.

Should race be a consideration in racing, or should talent and capability be the sole factors? Does the fact that both Hamilton and Tung were born in European countries minimize the diversity they could bring to motorsport? Toss in your two cents in our comments section (and please, keep it tasteful).


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