Lewis Hamilton: “I felt for the first time that I didn’t stand alone”

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Lewis Hamilton says the support he received from Formula 1 and some of his fellow drivers, after he was subjected to horrendous racist abuse, was “amazing to see”.

After Lewis Hamilton’s collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, and his subsequent race win, certain groups of F1 “fans” took to social media to bombard him with disgusting racist messages.

This led to an outpouring of support from F1, the FIA and Mercedes, Red Bull and Honda, as well as other Formula 1 teams and drivers, and a huge amount of F1 fans.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis said he has never felt so much support earlier in his career.

“What I would say is that it was amazing to see the support from the sport, from my team, and from some of the drivers,” the Briton said.

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“I felt for the first time that I didn’t stand alone in the sport. Because for the other years, or the other 27 or whatever years I’ve been racing, no-one would ever say anything.

“When it happened in 2007, no-one ever said anything. So it was really amazing to see the steps that we’ve taken. Of course we can’t condone that, and there’s no room for that sort of abuse.

“But if I have to be on the receiving end of that in this industry for people to become aware, then that’s part of my journey, that’s why I’m here,” Lewis concluded.

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