The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team and Formula One issued the following statement after seven-time World champion Lewis Hamilton received racial abuse via social media following Sunday’s British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit.
Joint statement from Formula 1, the FIA and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team:
During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision.
Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms. These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.
Lewis Hamilton collided with championship leader Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing causing the Dutch driver to retire from the race while Hamilton recovered from a penalty to win the race.
In response to the abuse, Red Bull Racing Honda issued the following statement:
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner commented saying: