Hamilton receives racist absue online after winning British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton targeted by racist abuse online after winning the British Grand Prix with Mercedes star sent monkey and gorilla emojis following first lap crash with Max Verstappen
- Lewis Hamilton received racist abuse online after winning the British Grand Prix
- Hamilton was involved in a crash with Max Verstappen in the first lap on Sunday
- Mercedes driver was sent messages that included gorilla and monkey emojis
Lewis Hamilton received racist abuse online after winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton was given a ten second time penalty following a crash with Max Verstappen on the first lap which led to the latter being taken to hospital.
After being clipped by Hamilton, Verstappen hurtled into the tyre wall at 140mph.
Lewis Hamilton received racist abuse online following his victory at the British Grand Prix
Hamilton was abused after he was involved in a crash with Max Vestappen in the first lap
Despite the incident Hamilton responded by securing victory at the British Grand Prix for the eighth time.
Following the race, Hamilton received messages on Instagram that included monkey emojis.
One user wrote: ‘I was his fan before this race! very bad… Sir Lewis Hamilton’ before adding a gorilla emoji.
Hamilton received racist messages on Instagram with one user using a gorilla emoji
Another message directed at Hamilton on Instagram included the use of monkey emojis
The abuse directed at Hamilton comes after England internationals Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford received racist abuse online after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Earlier this year Hamilton was the first recipient of the Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year award due to his involvement in the fight against racism.
Hamilton has frequently spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for more diversity in F1
The 36-year-old has frequently spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for increased diversity in Formula One.
Last year Hamilton established the Hamilton Commission with the Royal Academy of Engineering, which is attempting to help more young people from black backgrounds to be employed in motorsport or in other engineering sectors.
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