British Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton fell victim to racism on social media after his controversial victory in his country’s race on Sunday, after the trio failed to translate penalty kicks in the European Cup final that England lost a week ago at Wembley against Italy.
The Mercedes driver, Sunday, at the Silverstone circuit, which hosted the tenth round of the Formula One World Championship, caused the exit of his rival, the world leader, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, after colliding with him on the first lap.
This incident led to racial insults being directed against the only black driver in the history of Formula One, according to what was revealed by the championship and the International Automobile Federation (FIA), who condemned these actions.
The parties revealed in a statement: “During and after the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was the victim of numerous racist abuse on social media following the incident that occurred in the race.”
“Formula 1, FIA and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms,” the statement continued. These people have no place in our sport and we urge those responsible to be held accountable for their actions.
Despite being fined for 10 seconds in his team garage, Hamilton snatched the victory from Monaco’s Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc while Verstappen was in hospital to ensure his safety.
The seven-time world champion defended himself over the radio with his team: I was ahead. I was driving on my track and I gave it a shot, while Red Bull boss Christian Horner blamed his compatriot, saying: “It’s clear to me that Hamilton has raced on this track several times and he shouldn’t have done what he did and overtaking inside one of the fastest corners .
Verstappen did not respond to what the world champion Hamilton did, accusing him of disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior, writing on “Twitter” I am happy that I am fine. I am so disappointed that I came out this way. Hamilton’s penalty doesn’t help us or do justice to Lewis’ dangerous move on the track. Watching the festivities while you are in the hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike but we are moving forward.
It is certain that what happened on the circuit does not allow anyone to resort to racism in order to express his discontent, and this is what the joint statement stressed on the two, adding: Formula-1, FIA, drivers and teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such examples must be highlighted. These unacceptable instances of online abuse are eliminated.
The Mercedes driver was one of the most prominent supporters of his country’s football trio, Bacayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, after the racist abuse that targeted them after they failed to translate the penalty shootout in the European Cup final last Sunday against Italy.