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