Lewis Hamilton targeted with racist abuse online after controversial British Grand Prix victory

The seven-time world champion fought again from a 10-second penalty to clinch victory following a controversial collision with rival Max Verstappen, which left the Red Bull driver in hospital.

Facebook, which additionally owns Instagram, mentioned it had eliminated a variety of feedback from its platform in relation to Hamilton, who has been an enormous advocate for variety and the Black Lives Matter motion, and known as the abuse “unacceptable.”

“In addition to our work to remove comments and accounts that repeatedly break our rules, there are safety features available, including Comment Filters and Message Controls, which can mean no one has to see this type of abuse,” a Facebook firm spokesperson informed CNN Sport.

“No single thing will fix this challenge overnight but we’re committed to the work to keep our community safe from abuse.”

Meanwhile, Twitter mentioned that racist conduct “has no place” on its platform and strongly condemned the abuse Hamilton acquired.

“We have clear abusive behaviour and hateful conduct policies in place and we take enforcement of these policies very seriously,” a Twitter spokesperson informed CNN Sport.

“We will take decisive and swift action on any account that breaks our rules.”

Hamilton’s crew Mercedes, Formula 1 and the sports activities’ governing physique FIA additionally launched a joint assertion condemning the racist abuse “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,” it learn.

“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.”

It comes every week after three England gamers — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka — have been subjected to racist abuse after lacking penalties throughout the Euro 2020 ultimate in opposition to Italy.

On Monday, Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff informed BBC Radio 4 that the abuse of his driver was “not acceptable” and promised to “react to it.”

“We have seen it in the football in the European Championship and the abuse that is absolutely not acceptable, and the same yesterday, and I still question whether some just don’t get it,” he added.

Red Bull additionally launched a press release saying it was “disgusted and saddened” by the abuse Hamilton acquired on social media.

“There is never any excuse for it, there is certainly no place for it in our sport and those responsible should be held accountable,” it learn.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium at Silverstone.

Around 140,000 folks watched from a packed out Silverstone as Hamilton and Verstappen collided in a dramatic begin to the race.

Hamilton, who was overwhelmed into the primary nook by his rival, made a variety of makes an attempt to overhaul Verstappen on that first lap and when the drivers arrived at Silverstone’s Copse Corner, the Briton’s front-left wheel touched the Red Bull driver’s back-right tire.

Verstappen spun off the monitor and throughout the gravel earlier than crashing into the obstacles. The Dutchman was taken to hospital however didn’t endure any main accidents.

After the race, Verstappen took to social media to precise his emotions about Hamilton’s “dangerous” driving.

“First of all: I am glad I’m ok. It was quite an impact at 51G but feeling better,” he wrote.

“Obviously very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us in any way and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.

“Watching the celebrations after the race whereas nonetheless in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike conduct however we transfer on.”

The comments were echoed by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner who was visibly furious when discussing the incident after the race.

“Lewis [Hamilton] has obtained greater than sufficient expertise to know that’s unacceptable,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m simply very disenchanted {that a} driver of his caliber ought to make such a transfer like that. It’s harmful, it appeared determined.”

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Hamilton and Max Verstappen take a curve side-by-side at the start of the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton despatched his finest needs to Verstappen on social media after the race however mentioned he had raced “pretty.”

“Today is a reminder of the hazards on this sport,” he wrote on Sunday. “I ship my finest needs to Max who’s an unbelievable competitor. I’m glad to listen to he’s okay. I’ll all the time race onerous however all the time pretty.

“My team showed grit and perseverance out there. It’s a dream to win in front of my home crowd.”

He was backed up by Wolff who described the collision as a racing incident.

“It always takes two to tango and these two are not giving each other an inch and it’s a high-speed corner, and that’s why these things are nasty to look at,” he informed Sky Sports.

Race stewards handed Hamilton a 10-second penalty for the incident however the Brit made his approach again to the entrance in a dramatic conclusion, overtaking Charles Leclerc on Copse Corner with simply two laps to go.

Hamilton’s win gave him 25 factors to place him simply eight behind Verstappen within the drivers’ standings because the rivalry between the 2 intensified.

All eyes will now be on Hungarian Grand Prix which can happen on August 1.

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