Lewis Hamilton faces racist abuse online after spectacular British GP victory on Sunday; the seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been a leading voice in the fight against racism
Last update: 07/18/21 10:50 p.m.
Lewis Hamilton was the victim of racist abuse online hours after winning the British Grand Prix for the eighth time.
Hamilton took the win by passing longtime leader Charles Leclerc late in front of 140,000 spectators at Silverstone.
The 36-year-old recovered from a 10-second penalty for a huge first-round crash with title rival Max Verstappen on a dramatic afternoon.
Racist messages including “monkey emojis” and other racial slurs were sent in response to a Mercedes team post on Instagram celebrating Hamilton’s success.
Sky Sports News reached out to Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, for comment.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has always been outspoken against racial inequalities throughout his career, most recently expressing support for Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final. and as a result was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse on social media.
Hamilton has been a leading voice in the fight against racism and called for concrete action to create a more diverse and inclusive society.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated with British fans after winning a dramatic British Grand Prix by overtaking Charles Leclerc in the finals
The Hamilton Commission, the body the Mercedes driver created with the Royal Academy of Engineering to examine barriers to greater black representation in motorsport, presented its findings this week and made 10 recommendations for the future. in order to improve opportunities both in the motorsport industry. and the UK education system.
Hamilton said he was personally committed to helping put the recommendations into practice and, in an interview with Sky Sports F1 to the British GP, said of his commission’s idea: “It was all about understanding. So I asked a lot of questions for a long, long time, for years. Why am I there. one of the few people of color here There was never a right answer, no one ever knew.
Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham spoke to Lewis Hamilton to reflect on her year and the Hamilton Commission, which aims to improve diversity in F1 and beyond.
“No one was going to do the job, so it was a perfect opportunity for me. I was like ‘I’m going to do the job and do the research.’ For me, I really wanted to understand the root of the cause so that I could know better but also the industry, we can take a trip together.
“So it’s great to see what Formula 1 has to offer [scholarship programmes for underrepresented groups were announced this week] and I know the FIA will follow up with something soon.
“But it’s a little preventative, it’s not done with this research, so now they’ll have these results to be able to really back up and make sure it’s enough so that we really get to the root. of the cause and real tangible changes. “
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