Red Bull make fan’s day after being bullied by Lewis Hamilton fans

Some fan behaviour online and at the racetrack has been appalling in recent months.

Red Bull caught wind of a young fan being bullied for her allegiance to the team, so they sent her some free merchandise to cheer her up.

The title battle last year between Max Verstappen and Sir Lewis Hamilton gave us some thrilling racing to enjoy, but it also brought out the worst of some members of the F1 community.

Many members of the social media fanbase in F1 have got into the sport through Netflix’s Drive to Survive series which, while profitable for the sport, has made a habit of over-dramatizing it.

This has helped create some of the toxicity we see today, but more frequent viewers have also been perpetrating much of it.

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Immaturity has run rampant among global F1 viewers in the last 12 months, intensified by the controversial finish to the 2021 season.

Red Bull and Mercedes fans are constantly going at each other in the pettiest ways imaginable, and there has been some vile behaviour at the racetrack too.

That hostility has even spread to some children, and a young Verstappen fan was ridiculed by her peers for supporting the Dutchman.

Upon hearing the awful news, Red Bull reached out to the young fan, and sent her a free cap, bag and luggage tag to help her feel better.

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Earlier this year, Mercedes and Aston Martin invited some spectators to their garages after they received abuse from drunk Red Bull fans at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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F1 recently joined up with the teams and the FIA to launch an initiative, urging those who witness of receive abuse at a racetrack to report it through a portal.

F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, asserted that the sport has a zero-tolerance policy against those antagonising others both online and at the circuit.

Verstappen can wrap up his second title with a victory and a fastest lap this weekend at the Japanese Grand Prix.