Lewis Hamilton 'disgusted' as F1 release statement on fans being abused at Austrian GP

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Lewis Hamilton has slammed fans at the Austrian Grand Prix, claiming he is “disgusted” after reports of abuse circulated on social media. The Mercedes star said attending a race should “never be a source of anxiety and pain” as he called on F1 organisers to do more. 

It comes after fans attending the race in Spielberg reported being victims of a range of abuse. Hamilton said: “Disgusted and disappointed to hear that some fans are fencing racist, homophobic and generally abusive behaviour at the circuit this weekend. 

“Attending the Austrian Grand Prix or any GP should never be a source of anxiety and pain for fans and something must be done to ensure that races are safe spaces for all.”

The issues include the verbal and physical harassment of many female motorsport fans attending the event. Some have reported being cat called when walking past grandstands with one even admitting the experience made them want to leave the track. 

 

Many of the reports also date to last year’s race suggesting the issue is wide-ranging. 

A statement from F1 said: “We have been made aware of reports that some fans have been subject to completely unacceptable comments by others at the event. We have raised this with the promoter and security and will be speaking to those who have reported these incidents and are taking this very seriously.

“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated and all fans should be treated with respect.”



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