Red Bull fires employee over racist messages, Lewis Hamilton reacts

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Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, racist WhatsApp messages written by a Red Bull employee have surfaced. The person in question was immediately terminated.

The messages surfaced just after Lewis Hamilton received tons of racist abuse on social media, following his collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

The timing of the situation definitely made things look bad for Red Bull, especially after Lord Peter Hain said the racist abuse aimed at Hamilton was inadvertently sparked by Christian Horner’s post British Grand Prix comments about Lewis.

Red Bull immediately announced they have terminated the employee in question.

“As publicly acknowledged last week, we condemn racist abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist behaviour within our organisation,” a spokesperson for Red Bull told Autosport.

“The person in question is no longer an employee of Red Bull Racing.”

After the Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, where he was heavily booed by the Hungaroring crowd, Lewis Hamilton said the reception wasn’t surprising considering the words that have been spoken by the bosses at Red Bull.

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“It’s not a surprise to me, given the things that have been said from the heads of that team that have incited that,” the Briton said.

“Over this break, people really need to look within at 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, the fire that it’s caused.”

Hamilton then gave his comments on the aforementioned situation with Red Bull’s former employee.

“They’ve just had to fire someone for things that were said. I don’t know who it was about, it doesn’t matter who it was about.

“If I pass it to my friend or my father or my brother, we all feel that pain of what they meant by those words.

“I’m really proud of my team for staying focused during this time because it has 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 and I am really, really proud of everybody,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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