Lewis Hamilton faces racist abuse after British Grand Prix triumph
17:28, 19 July 2021
The winner was widely insulted online after the collision with Max Verstappen.
The seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton became a victim of racist abuse after the British Grand Prix. Though he won the race, Hamilton drew the community’s anger after the collision with Max Verstappen, the current leader of season 2021 standings.
Verstappen and Hamilton collide!
The title rivals come together at Copse, pitching Verstappen into a high-speed crash.
During the first lap of the Sunday race, Hamilton overtook and contacted Verstappen thus making the Red Bull’s driver smash into the wall. Fortunately, the vehicle did not ignite and the driver managed to get out of the car without getting serious injuries. Still, Verstappen was taken to hospital.
Hamilton was punished with a 10-second penalty after the accident, still, this could not prevent him from taking the first place.
In the post-race interview, Verstappen called Hamilton disrespectful and unsportsmanlike.
"Very disappointed to be taken out like this," Verstappen said.
The Dutch driver’s position was shared on the Internet, however, in more insulting and offensive terms. Facebook said it had deleted many racist comments from its platform along with Instagram, calling the reaction unacceptable.
Mercedes, Formula 1, and governing body the FIA condemned the abuse "in the strongest possible terms".
Opinion and rivalry are central to our sport. But there is absolutely no place for racism or discriminatory abuse
We will work to hold anyone promoting such views to account. We urge people to show respect and basic humanity; and to report any examples below those standards https://t.co/8DJVC1hOco