Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on Sunday.© AFP
Lewis Hamilton was the victim of “several cases of racist abuse on social media” while he won the British Grand Prix and then, according to an appearance by Formula One, the FIA and his Mercedes team. The seven-time world champion initially took part in the Max Verstappen Championship leader entering his Red Bull wall and seeing him out of the race in an incident. Hamilton received a 10-second penalty, but won the race and was reduced to just eight points in the title race.
“During and after yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton suffered numerous racist abuses on social media after colliding inside the race,” they said in a joint statement condemning “behavior under the strongest possible conditions”.
“These people have no place in our sport and we urge those responsible to be held accountable for their actions.
“Formula 1, the FIA, drivers and teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and unacceptable cases of online abuse need to be highlighted and eliminated.”
Verstappen, who was taken to hospital after the race, was later accused by Hamilton of “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike conduct”.
A public supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, Hamilton a week ago supported English footballers Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who also suffered abuse after losing penalties in the 2020 Euro Cup final.
“I look forward to opening a conversation about acceptance,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.
“We need to work for a society that does not require black players to prove their worth or place in society only through victory.”
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