Red Bull, their engine supplier Honda and McLaren all condemn racist abuse that Lewis Hamilton received after his crash with Max Verstappen.
The two drivers crashed on the opening lap of the race, and Verstappen was unable to continue. After this some “fans” of Verstappen and Red Bull, as well as the usual Hamilton detractors, started posting disgusting racist messages on social media.
Formula 1, the FIA and Mercedes already condemned this behavior, but now they are joined by Red Bull, Honda and Hamilton’s former team McLaren.
“While we may be fierce rivals on-track, we are all united against racism,” read Red Bull’s statement.
“We condemn racist abuse of any kind towards our team, our competitors and our fans.
“As a team we are disgusted and saddaned to wintess the racist abuse Lewis endured yesterday on social media after the collision with Max.
“There is never any excuse for it, there is certainly no place for it in our sport and those responsible should be held accountable.”
Red Bull’s engine supplier Honda, also made their feelings on the subject very clear.
“Although we are hugely disappointed at the outcome of yesterday’s British GP, we were shocked and disgusted to see the racial abuse aimed at Lewis on social media,” read Honda’s statement.
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“As individuals and as a company, Honda condemns all forms of racist abuse, in our sport and in society in general.
“There can be no justification for it under any circumstances.”
Later, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner came out with his own personal statement.
“Whilst the rivalry is intense on track for the championship, highly charged emotions should never cross the line into racist abuse,” the Briton said.
“We have a zero-tolerance approach to racist behaviour within our team and I personally feel strongly that those responsible for this sort of abuse should be held to account.
“We will continue to support the FIA and F1 in order to eradicate this from our sport.”
And, finally, Lewis’ former team McLaren also condemned these “deplorable” actions.
“McLaren stands with Formula 1, the FIA, and our fellow teams and drivers in condemning the deplorable racist abuse towards Lewis Hamilton,” read McLaren’s statement.
“Racism must be driven out of our sport, and it’s our shared responsibility to unite and eliminate it.”