Mercedes driver George Russell has blocked a Formula 1 fan after she made light of the message he posted following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
It was announced that the UK’s longest-serving Monarch had “peacefully” died on Thursday evening after reigning for 70 years, and the 24-year-old was quick to pay his respects.
Russell took to Twitter to offer his condolences and thank Queen Elizabeth II for her service to the UK.
“I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” he wrote.
“Her devotion to our country and her gracious leadership were inspirational to so many generation of people in the UK and around the world.
“My family and I send our deepest condolences to The Royal Family and to all those who admired her service to our country for seven decades. Rest in Peace.”
However, one Formula 1 fan wasn’t impressed with his message and reacted by commenting, “Never beating the Tory allegations.”
This prompted Russell to block her on the social media platform within a matter of minutes.
She later posted a screen recording as further proof that Russell had indeed blocked her on Twitter.
Other members of the Formula 1 paddock have also paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
F1 CEO and former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali in a statement said:
“Formula 1 mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion and inspired so many around the world. Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
Williams racer Alex Albon described her as an “amazing role model”, while Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said the Brackley-based team are “deeply saddened” by the news of her passing.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the UK and the Commonwealth,” the Austrian said.