After the British Grand Prix, Formula 1 bosses as well as the Mercedes team strongly condemned the racist comments made against Lewis Hamilton. After his touché with Max Verstappen in the opening round, the Briton was given a lot of abuse online.
Hamilton struck Max Verstappen with Red Bull’s Red Bull in the first lap. After that, the Dutchman flew through Copse at high speed into the tire stacks. Hamilton won the race, despite a ten second penalty.
The drama between the title rivals caused quite a stir both on and off-track. Helmut Marko from Red Bull, a Red Bull advisor, had already spoken of Hamilton’s’murderous’ actions. He was not in favor of a time penalty for Briton, but rather a suspension. The flames were further lit when Verstappen, who was fine after the race, said that he did not feel the need to punish Hamilton for his exuberant celebration of victory.
There were racial reactions to Hamilton’s incident, particularly among Mercedes online expressions. These statements were strongly criticized by Formula 1, the motorsport federation FIA, and the Mercedes team themselves. On Monday morning, the three parties issued a joint statement: “During and After Yesterday’s British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton was the victim racist statements on social media following a collision during that race,” it reads. “Formula 1, the FIA and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behavior in the strongest possible way. These people have no business in our sport and we urge that the perpetrators be held accountable.”
“Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working together to create a more diverse and inclusive sport. Such unacceptable online misconduct must be addressed and banned.”
Hamilton condemned the racist comments made against players of the English national football teams last week. Last week, Hamilton posted on Instagram that racist comments made about his players were unacceptable. “This must be stopped. It is unacceptable to make tolerance and respect for players from other origins conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional.”