Lewis Hamilton faces racist abuse after British Grand Prix triumph

17:28, 19 July 2021
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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.

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".

Red Bull also made a post where appealed to stay united against racism.

The situation takes place shortly after a wave of racist abuse towards Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka who successively missed their penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.