After a record eighth British Grand Prix victory, the Formula One star suffered racist abuse on social media.
Racing star Lewis Hamilton became the target of online racist abuse after winning the British Grand Prix at the weekend.
The seven-time world champion celebrated a record eighth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone on Sunday. He was fined 10 seconds for a collision on the first lap and was eventually hospitalized with champion opponent Max Verstappen.
The 36-year-old Hamilton became the target of an online attack a few hours after the victory. His Mercedes team responded to racist messages including monkey emojis on Instagram.
Following a series of incidents involving racist abuse of well-known sports figures in recent weeks, social media companies have widely called on social media companies to take stricter actions to monitor abuses on their platforms.
In a joint statement, Mercedes, the Formula One and motorsport governing body FIA condemned the abuse of Hamilton “in the strongest terms” and demanded punishment of the guilty.
The statement read: “These people have no place in our movement. We urge those responsible for their actions.”
“Formula One, the FIA, drivers and teams are working hard to create a more diverse and inclusive sport, and this unacceptable online abuse must be emphasized and eliminated.”
Joint statement of Formula One, FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team:
During and after the British Grand Prix yesterday, Lewis Hamilton suffered multiple racist abuse on social media after a collision in the game.
-F1 Media (@ F1Media) July 19, 2021
The social media giant Facebook said on Monday that it had deleted several comments on Hamilton on Instagram.
“Racist abuse against Hamilton during and after the British Grand Prix is unacceptable, and we have removed some comments from Instagram,” a Facebook spokesperson who owns Instagram said in a statement.
Hamilton is the only black driver in Formula One.
He has always been an outspoken advocate of social justice and a supporter of the “Black Man’s Fate” movement.
He said before the game that he was inspired by the British football players Racist abuse In the European Championship final on July 11, after the national team lost to Italy in a penalty kick, several black stars became targets online.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with social media companies last week and asked them to step up the fight against online hatred after the abuse. Marcus Rashford, Jaden Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted.
But Johnson and other ministers have Accused of hypocrisy Because there is no condemnation of those who “kneeled” at the beginning of the game to protest against racism.
The racial discrimination against these three British players also triggered police investigations and nationwide condemnation.