Hamilton subjected to vile racist abuse – F1, FIA, Mercedes respond
On lap one at Silverstone, Hamilton tagged the right-rear of Max Verstappen‘s Red Bull at Copse which resulted in a 51g crash for the Dutchman.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty by the race stewards which was served at his pit stop before the Briton battled back to take the victory with a similar move on Charles Leclerc in the closing stages of the race.
After the event, Hamilton was targeted by online trolls using his colour to abuse the 36-year-old for his part in the incident.
The joint statement issued on Monday morning reads: “During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision. Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
“These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.”
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July 19, 2021 at 09:14AM