The FIA and Mercedes have collectively issued a statement that alleges that Lewis Hamilton was subject to racial abuse on social media.

This comes after the highly controversial British Grand Prix which Hamilton won, claiming his eighth victory in Silverstone – his home circuit.

However, during the opening lap of the race, Hamilton collided with Max Verstappen which ended the Dutchman’s race following a massive crash.

Social media flooded

Social media was flooded with a wide range of reactions after the incident. However, not all were positive.

Some posts went on to racially abuse the seven-time world champion.

As a result, the FIA and Mercedes have together issued a statement on the entire situation.

What did the statement say?

“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,” the statement read.

“Formula 1, The FIA, and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behavior 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,” it concluded.

Similar situation played out last week

The news of the online racial abuse comes just a week after three players of the England football squad were subject to racial abuse online.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho were the victims after they missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

As a result, the police took strict action including arresting several people.

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