Lewis Hamilton says the boos and jeers he has experienced in Hungary are no surprise “given the things that have been said” by the heads of Red Bull.
Not only was Lewis Hamilton the target of online racist attacks after his collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, but he was also greeted with a chorus of boos and jeers after the Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying.
Lewis says he is not surprised by this, considering the harsh words that have been said about him by Red Bull.
“It’s not a surprise to me given the things that have been said from the heads of that team that have incited that, right?” the Briton said.
“I think over this [summer] break people really need to look within in the things that have been said, because it is unacceptable the things that have [been] said and on top of that the things that have escalated.
“We’ve got to continue to stay positive. I’m really proud of my team for staying so focused during this time because it’s been a whirlwind of emotions and things coming at us in all different directions, but we’ve kept our heads down and come here and delivered.”
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Hamilton went on to urge “the leaders of this industry” to lead by example when giving statements to the media.
“I’m a sporting fan. I’ve never booed any other team in any other sport because it’s just not in my character.
“We do have to be so careful with our words because there are young kids watching and we are supposed to be shining a light, encouraging people and spreading positivity.
“Leaders of this industry need to be leaders. They have people following them and kids following them.
“As a sport we’ve got a responsibility, so there should be some strong talks probably over the next weeks.
“Either way, it’s not getting in my way,” concluded the seven-time champion.