At the British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton has received sickening racist abuse on social media during and after the race. This included racist use of emojis and numerous racial slurs.
The abuse came predominantly from fans of Max Verstappen, sparked by the opening lap crash between the two drivers, that left the Dutch driver in the barrier and unable to continue the race.
Sky Sports News reports they have contacted Facebook for comment, as a huge amount of abuse was received on their subsidiary Instagram. Facebook replied they will investigate the matter.
Formula 1, the FIA and Mercedes issued a joint statement condemning this deplorable violence.
“During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision,” the joint statement read.
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“Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
“These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
“Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.”
We here at SilverArrows.Net are absolutely disgusted by the words we have read from numerous people who claim to be fans of the sport we love.
This kind of language and abuse has no place in civilized society, or any other society for that matter, and the people saying these things must be held accountable.
It would also be nice if Max Verstappen and Red Bull would publicly condemn and distance themselves from these people, as they predominantly claim to be their fans.