Lewis Hamilton condemns reports of sexist and racist harassment of F1 fans

  • Female fans also report misogyny and inappropriate touching

  • F1 release statement: ‘This kind of behaviour is unacceptable’


Lewis Hamilton on his way to the Mercedes paddock at the Red Bull Ring. He urged victims of abuse at the circuit to report it to security. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters


Lewis Hamilton has demanded Formula One take action over the harassment of fans at the Austrian Grand Prix. F1 has condemned the behaviour, which included sexist catcalling, homophobic abuse and inappropriate touching of female fans, as unacceptable but Hamilton, who said he was shocked and saddened at what happened, was unequivocal in his insistence that words are not enough.

Reacting to the incidents, Hamilton’s team principal at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, was also blunt in his condemnation. “We just need to target these guys and pick them out,” he said. “This is what Formula One has said and we have said and that you need to report to the security if you can. And whoever reads my sentence: stay away, we don’t want you if you are part of that group. Fuck off.”


Read more on the original article : https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/10/lewis-hamilton-condemns-reports-of-sexist-and-racist-harassment-of-f1-fans


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