Mercedes calls on social media companies to take action after Lewis Hamilton was racially insulted after his controversial British Grand Prix win
- Lewis Hamilton Received Racist Insults Online After Winning British Grand Prix
- Hamilton was involved in a crash with Max Verstappen in the first lap on Sunday
- British driver received messages with emojis from gorillas and monkeys
Mercedes has called on social media companies to take urgent action to stop abuse after Lewis Hamilton received racist taunts following his British Grand Prix victory.
Hamilton took the win at Silverstone after sending title rival Max Verstappen into the tire wall at 180mph on the opening lap at Turn 9.
The Briton was sent online monkey emojis after the race and was also referred to as a “gorilla.”
Lewis Hamilton Received Racist Insults Online After His British Grand Prix Win
In a joint statement with Formula 1 and the FIA’s governing body, Mercedes condemned the abuse in the strongest terms, saying: “These people have no place in our sport. We insist that those responsible be held accountable for their actions.
“Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working towards a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable cases of online abuse should be emphasized and eliminated.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff promised to take positive action as a team.
Hamilton was assaulted after being involved in a crash with Max Verstappen on lap one before going on to win
Hamilton received racist messages on Instagram where one user used a gorilla emoji (left)
He said: ‘We’ve seen it in football at the European Championship and the abuse is absolutely unacceptable, and it was the same on Sunday. I still wonder if some don’t get it. This is not acceptable. We will respond to it.’
Hamilton, 36, was targeted on Instagram, as English stars Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, and Facebook, which owns the photo-sharing app, said comments are filtered. But they stressed that “no thing will solve this challenge overnight.”
Hamilton has not commented on the abuse, but in light of the vicious messages addressed to Saka, Rashford and Sancho last week, he said: “Tolerance and respect for players of color should not be conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional.’
Today, Formula 1 released a joint statement with the sport’s governing body, the FIA, and Hamilton’s team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, condemning the abuse.
Hamilton has often spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for more diversity in F1
Last year, Hamilton criticized the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram