Following the lead of Formula 1, the FIA and the Mercedes F1 team, Red Bull Racing and engine supplier Honda have also strongly condemned racist statements against Lewis Hamilton. Red Bull Racing released a statement saying it was “abhorred” and “sadened”.
It was quite an eventful day for Lewis Hamilton and Max Vertappen when they collided at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton suffered a lot from the comments posted online by the Mercedes team. Many racist remarks were posted on various social media channels, directed at the British world champion. The statements are strongly criticized by Formula 1, the FIA and the Mercedes team itself. The parties made a joint statement Monday morning, saying that they “strongly reject” the racist reactions to the sport and that people who create them “have nothing to do with the sport.”
Red Bull responds as well
Following F1, the FIA and Mercedes, the Red Bull team and engine supplier Honda have also responded to the racist statements. Although Austrian racing stable leaders believe Hamilton was not harsh enough for his collision with Verstappen on Sunday, the racist comments have crossed a line.
“We may be rivals on the track, but we are united against racism. Red Bull Racing released a statement condemning racist statements directed towards our team, our competitors, and our fans.
“As a team, we are horrified and saddened by the racist reactions that Lewis endured on social media yesterday after his clash with Max. This kind of behavior is not right and cannot be justified. Those who are responsible must be held accountable for this.”
Honda, the engine supplier, has also issued a statement in response to the racist comments: “While we are extremely disappointed with yesterday’s British Grand Prix outcome, it is shockingly and disgusting that so many racist remarks have been made against Lewis on social networking.” Honda, as an individual as well as as a company condemns all forms of racism in the sport and society. This is in no way justifiable.”