Lewis hamilton has taken as a personal crusade the fight against racism, something that has made him the object of unanimous praise but also of attacks by the intolerant.
After win a Grand Prix marked by the accident he caused on Max Verstappen, who ended up in the hospital, the excess of joy for his victory and his way of celebrating it has been severely criticized, not only by the pilot himself of Red bull victim of his aggressiveness in Copse, but also of the fans.
In all social media posts by Mercedes or from Hamilton himself he has received numerous messages apologizing to him for his dangerous action, among which they have sneaked Racist taunts and xenophobic insults.
Messages with monkey emoticons, calling him ‘black’ contemptuously or sending him to his country (he is British, but his father comes from the Caribbean Granada) are just some of the examples of the racist behavior that Hamilton has received. Many of them have already been deleted by the Mercedes social media team, but the situation has led to a formal complaint by Formula 1, the FIA and the Anglo-German team itself.
In a joint statement, the three entities condemn what happened:
“During and after yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was the subject of multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following a race collision. Formula 1, the FIA and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behavior. in the strongest possible terms. These people have no place in our sport and we urge those responsible to 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 those unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated. “
– FIA (@fia) July 19, 2021
Hamilton is the latest victim of racism on social media, but by no means the first. In recent weeks, footballers Marcus Rashford, Buyako Saka and Jadon Sancho have been the subject of a campaign of insults for having missed their penalties in the shoot-out that decided the final of the Eurocup versus Italy. The matter has taken on dramatic overtones, and sports entities are asking the authorities to take action on the matter.
British athletes have shown a high commitment in the fight against racism. Gestures such as kneeling before games or Lewis Hamilton’s own campaign, which has led to the global action of Formula 1 “We Race As One” To promote diversity and inclusion in sport, they have been constant for some time now. Something that, on the other hand, has also polarized opinions about them.