Drivers, teams, the FIA and Formula One have banded together in support of Sir Lewis Hamilton after he was the subject of racist comments following the on-track incident at Silverstone with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Formula One, the FIA and Mercedes released a joint statement addressing the “unacceptable instances of online abuse” and called for those responsible to be “held accountable.”
Red Bull closely followed suit, stating that “while we may be fierce rivals on-track, we are all united against racism. We condemn racist abuse of any kind towards our team, our competitors and our fans.”
Meanwhile, McLaren driver Daniel Riccardo called for fans to “be better than this”, adding that there is “zero place for racism and hate” in F1.
Hamilton has not commented on the issue at this time.
Earlier in the month, Hamilton launched his latest project, The Hamilton Commission, which set out recommendations for improving the representation of black people in UK motorsport.
The Hamilton Commission aims to increase the representation of black employees within motorsport by fostering industry pathways through scholarships and targeted programs.
The report sets out 10 recommendations which aim to address the barriers faced by black people within motorsport.
In the report, Hamilton described his career as being “lonely” as there weren’t any other black drivers on the grid.
He recounted “year after year, looking at our end-of-year team photos and feeling so disheartened by the lack of representation. I don’t feel that way anymore. Instead, I feel inspired.”