Hamilton condemns racist, sexist and homophobic abuse at Austrian GP

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Lewis Hamilton says he is “disgusted and disappointed” by the racist, sexist and homophobic abuse aimed at fans at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Reports of racist, sexist and homophobic abuse at the Austrian Grand Prix started emerging on social media on Friday. Since then Formula 1 has issued a statement condemning this behaviour.

“We have been made aware of reports that some fans have been subject to completely unacceptable comments by others at the Austrian Grand Prix,” F1’s statement read.

“We take these matters very seriously, have raised them with the promoter and event security, and will be speaking to those who reported the incidents.

“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Lewis Hamilton also experienced the viciousness of the crowd in Austria, when they cheered his Qualifying crash, before it was revealed that he was uninjured.

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Upon learning of the abuse experienced by fans, Lewis issued a statement on Instagram.

“Disgusted and disappointed to hear that some fans are facing racist, homophobic and generally abusive behaviour at the circuit this weekend,” the Briton wrote.

“Attending the Austrian Grand Prix or any GP should never be a source of anxiety and pain for fans and something must be done to ensure that races are safe spaces for all.

“Please, if you see this happening, report it to the circuit security and to F1, we cannot sit back and allow this to continue,” Hamilton concluded.

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