Sky Sports F1’s broadcaster Naomi Schiff has come under attack on social media regarding her credentials to offer opinions of Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton immediately came to her defence.
Naomi Schiff has been racing throughout the 2010s in various categories, most prominently in the all-female W Series and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
However, when she joined Sky Sports F1’s broadcast team in 2022, some people on social media apparently found her credentials insufficient to offer opinions on Formula 1.
Lewis Hamilton immediately came to her defence.
“Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.
“She’s been a great asset since joining & we should welcome more representative broadcasting with open arms.
“Still have a long way to go to change these attitudes in sport,” he concluded.
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Schiff later thanked everyone who has stood up for her.
“Thank you to everyone who has come to my defense,” she wrote on social media.
“I appreciate all the love and support, none of you go unnoticed! Sadly the issue of online bullying, bashing, shaming etc is one I don’t believe is going anywhere anytime soon.
“Social media, in some cases, gives voices to individuals who don’t deserve to be heard. So I encourage anyone reading this to not indulge in it or retaliate or seek revenge.
“Remember that your words do have impact and that therefore we should do something positive with these platforms and be kind to one another.
“Lastly, I love my job and I won’t let anyone turn down my ambition or passion because they are uncomfortable with the volume,” Schiff concluded.