Lewis Hamilton Faces Racial Abuse Following British Grand Prix Win

Lewis Hamilton has been racially abused following his British Grand Prix win and the social media trolls have been condemned in a statement.
Credit: @lewishamilton/Instagram

Lewis Hamilton has reportedly been racially abused following his British Grand Prix win. 

Formula One, FIA and Hamilton’s team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, has condemned the social media trolls in a joint statement.

It reads: “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.

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“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.”

The 36-year-old has previously commented on the lack of racial diversity within Formula One.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: “I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

“Not a sign from anybody in my industry which, of course, is a white-dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us.

“Just know I know who you are and I see you.”

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Lewis Hamilton has commented on Formula One’s lack of racial diversity in the past. Credit: @lewishamilton/Instagram

Most recently, Hamilton has spoken out about the racial abuse Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho faced after they missed their penalties against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

He said: “So much was running through my mind as a watched the final moments of the match last night. On one hand, I was so proud of how far we have come …to be in the final and with such a diverse team is a huge achievement we should all be proud of but as the players stepped up to take the penalties I was worried.

“The pressure to deliver is felt by every sportsperson but when you are a minority representing your country this is a layered experience.

“Success would feel like a double victory, but a miss feels like a two-fold failure when it’s compounded with racist abuse.

“I so badly wanted that win like all of you but for me, it was for much more than winning the Euros, it was a much bigger picture.

“However, the disgusting behaviour by the few, shows how much work that still needs to be done. I hope that this opens a conversation around acceptance.

“We must work towards a society that doesn’t require Black players to prove their value or place in society only through victory. Ultimately everyone on the England team should be so proud of their achievement and how they represented us.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.