Max Verstappen defends his social media silence on fan abuse

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Max Verstappen comments on why he didn’t use social media to address his fans who engaged in racist, sexist and homophobic abuse at the Austrian Grand Prix.

At the Austrian Grand Prix there were numerous reports of racist, sexist and homophobic abuse especially aimed at fans of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

Considering how most of the crowd at the Red Bull Ring were Max Verstappen fans, the Dutch driver was asked if he considered using social media to reach out to them or inform the victims on how to seek help.

“I don’t think it is only me who has to speak up,” the Dutch driver said.

“Everyone [should], and that is what I did in the press conference. That has a lot more traction than anything else.

“As I said before the weekend, if I really have to speak up about everything in the world, then I can be non-stop on social media.

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“There is a place and time. I feel like already for a year, the only thing I’m talking about is political stuff. At the end of the day, I’m a Formula 1 driver.

“Of course, when I get things asked, I speak out and I say what I think of the situation. But I shouldn’t be the political movement behind it because, at the end of the day, I’m a driver in the sport.

“People, of course, might be my fans but they are also fans of this sport who misbehave and the sport has to take action.

“It is not the driver himself that has to take action,” Verstappen concluded.

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