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Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes have condemned the racist abuse of Lewis Hamilton after the seven-time world champion was targeted on social media during and after winning yesterday’s British Grand Prix following his in-race collision with Max Verstappen.
A joint statement issued by the three parties read: “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.
“Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour 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.
The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the first lap of the British GP led to the Dutchman’s instant retirement, and generated a 10-second penalty for the Mercedes driver for causing a collision.
Much to the frustration of Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team, Hamilton was able to overcome the penalty and still win the race.
Masi stressed that the stewards could not take account of the fact that Verstappen had retired and Hamilton had continued, and any potential impact on the title battle.
“I think one of the big parts that’s been a mainstay for many, many years,” he said. “And this came through discussions prior to my time between all of the teams, the FIA and F1, and the team principals were all quite adamant, is that you should not consider the consequences in an incident.
Hamilton was involved in a first lap crash with title rival Max Verstappen at Silverstone on Sunday as the pair battled for the lead throughout the opening corners.
The world champion was deemed by the stewards to have been at fault for the incident, which saw Verstappen pitched off the track and slam in to the tyre barriers on the outside of the high-speed Copse corner.
But despite being given a 10-second time penalty, Hamilton was able to recover to snatch an emotional victory.
Silverstone: Lewis Hamilton was accused of being “dangerous and disrespectful” in reviving his Formula One title defence by winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday after a first lap crash that left championship leader Max Verstappen complaining he had been “taken out”.
Hamilton retorted after the race that he would “not be bullied”.
Roared on by a crowd of more than 140,000, Hamilton attempted to overtake Verstappen on Copse corner on the first lap.
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix after lap 1 contact ends in crash for Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton is now just eight points behind Max Verstappen in the Formula 1 standings.
Hamilton won Sunday’s British Grand Prix after he was penalized 10 seconds for contact with Verstappen on the first lap of the race The contact between Hamilton’s left-front tire and Verstappen’s right rear sent Verstappen crashing into the wall and out of the race. Verstappen climbed from his car under his own power after the hard impact and was eventually taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Hamilton scored 25 points for winning the race after he entered it 33 points behind Verstappen for the title. The two drivers started on the front row after Verstappen won the sprint qualifying race ahead of Hamilton on Saturday. They fought brilliantly on the first lap until Hamilton went for an inside move in Copse corner on lap one.
Formula 1, the FIA and Mercedes have released a joint statement condemning the “unacceptable” online racist abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton following his collision with Max Verstappen.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton claimed a dramatic victory in Sunday’s home British Grand Prix at Silverstone after overtaking Charles Leclerc late in the race.
The 36-year-old recovered from a 10-second time penalty handed to him for a first-lap crash with Verstappen as he cut his title rival’s championship lead to only eight points.
Hamilton was accused of “dirty driving” by Red Bull boss Christian Horner after clipping Verstappen on Copse Corner, while the Belgian-born Dutch driver labelled his opponent “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike”.
Verstappen required hospital checks after hitting the safety barriers in an impact measuring 51G, but he was released later on Sunday after being given the all-clear.
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The reigning F1 world champion collided with his Red Bull rival on the opening lap of the Silverstone race at Copse when the pair were running side-by-side with Verstappen on the outside aiming to cut across to defend his lead.
Hamilton’s left front wheel hit Verstappen’s right rear tyre and sent the Dutch driver into a 51G impact with the tyre barrier and he was later taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
The FIA stewards gave Hamilton a 10-second time penalty for the incident, but Hamilton was still able to recover to reel in Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take the lead with two laps to go and win his eighth British GP.