Lewis Hamilton Suffers Racial Abuse on Social Media after British Grand Prix Win

Lewis Hamilton Suffers Racial Abuse on Social Media after British Grand Prix Win Photo: TT
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas W12 celebrates winning with a Union Jack flag F1, British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, UK, July 18, 2021 | Photo by: Phil Duncan

Lewis Hamilton has been suffering from racial abuse online since winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The abuse started as people condemn Hamilton for the collision he said to have caused during the race. The crash put his rival Max Verstappen to exit the race during the first lap.

For this, the British racer received a 10-second penalty, putting him behind Charles Leclerc. However, he fought back and overtook Leclerc, eventually claiming the victory. Verstappen commented that the celebration for his win was disrespectful, but he can only move on.

But as a result of his win, Hamilton has been the target of racial abuse on social media. Mercedes, Formula 1, and the governing body of the FIA all condemn the abuse in the strongest possible terms. In their joint statement, they said, These people have no place in our sport.

They also urge those responsible for the abuse to be held accountable for their actions. The people behind F1 and the FIA and the teams and drivers are all working to create a more inclusive and diverse sport. As such, they are making sure to highlight and eliminate instances of online abuse.

The Mercedes team stated that the abuse is not acceptable and will react to it. Meanwhile, the Red Bull Racing team said they were disgusted and saddened at the abuse Hamiltons been suffering. Both Instagram and Twitter took action, removing racist comments on Hamiltons social media.

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