F1 rivals join Hamilton in protest of ‘shocking’ Austrian Grand Prix abuse

The packed crowd at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, with more than 300,000 fans on site for more than three days, led to a season-reviving victory over Charles Leclerc’s world champion Max Verstappen.

Hamilton surprisingly climbed to third after Ferrari’s Carlos Sanz’s engine caught fire and underlined Mercedes’ improvement after a strong finish at the British Grand Prix a week ago.

But Britain, which has been the target of repeated racist remarks and attacks throughout its career, has denied accusations that some of the attendees verbally abused them as a product of “ignorance”.

The 37-year-old called reports of racist and homophobic abuse on Race Weekend “disgusting” and doubled it in subsequent statements.

“It just highlights that this is still a problem,” Jagjeta said seven times.

“It comes down to education and of course ignorance. People should come, feel safe, join and be able to follow what you want to follow.


It shouldn’t matter

Your gender, your sexuality, your skin color. Everyone should have a good time here. “

Verstappen – whose father, former Brazilian driver Nelson Pickett – was involved in a storm of racism last month over comments about Hamilton – protested the alleged abuse.

“I read some things, some shocking things, so it’s clearly not okay,” Dutchman said.

Leclerc, meanwhile, called for restrictions on those responsible, saying: “If we manage to find these people, we need to take strict action. They should not be allowed to go anywhere near our game. ”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner added: “This is completely unacceptable and we hope that security and authorities will deal with it quickly because it has no place in racing or in society.”

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