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Hamilton suffers racist abuse after British GP controversy

Hamilton suffers racist abuse after British GP controversy

Formula 1, the FIA and Mercedes have condemned racist abuse targeted at Lewis Hamilton following his controversial victory in the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton won his home race for an eighth time after recovering from a 10-second time penalty he received for causing a collision with title rival Max Verstappen.

On the opening lap of the race, Hamilton tried to pass Verstappen into the fast Copse corner. He felt he was far enough alongside for Verstappen to yield while Verstappen’s Red Bull team slammed Hamilton for trying to overtake there.

During and after the race, racist remarks were sent to Hamilton and Mercedes on Twitter and Instagram, including the use of monkey emojis.

Hamilton is F1’s first and only Black driver and has devoted an increasing amount of time to highlight the issue of diversity in F1, and including the launching of his Hamilton Commission that recently published an in-depth report into the systemic issues behind that.

“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,” the joint statement read.

“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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via Formula 1 – The Race

July 19, 2021 at 09:20AM

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