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Lewis Hamilton receives online racist abuse despite win

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Lewis Hamilton was the target of racist internet abuse following his spectacular British Grand Prix victory on Sunday.

This was after a controversial moment in the race where Lewis and his fierce rival Max Verstappen collided. The resulting collision led to Max spinning out of control, ending in the barrier and thus retiring from the race.

Formula 1, the FIA, and Mercedes have all denounce the abuse and demand that those responsible be held accountable; The seven-time Formula One world champion is a prominent figure in the anti-racism movement.

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Racist slurs and “monkey emojis ” were directed to his team’s account while celebrating the win on social media. The action prompted a reaction from Facebook who took down most of the comments and accounts.

Hamilton, who received a 10 seconds penalty for the crash, drove brilliantly to recover the time. He overtook Leclerc who had been racing leader for the whole race in the last laps of the race to claim his eighth Grand Prix win at Silverstone Infront of 140,000 home spectators.

Formula 1, the FIA, and Mercedes released a joint statement condemning the abuse and called for action to be taken against those responsible.

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It read: “During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision.

“Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms.

“These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.

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“Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers, and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.”

Red bull and McLaren Hamilton’s former teams also released a statement condemning the abuse he received. Red Bull’s statement read:

“We condemn racist abuse of any kind towards our team, our competitors, and our fans. As a team, we are disgusted and saddened to witness the racist abuse Lewis endured yesterday on social media after the collision with Max.

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“There is never any excuse for it, there is certainly no place for it in our sport and those responsible should be held accountable.”

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A McLaren statement read: “McLaren stands with Formula 1, the FIA, and our fellow teams and drivers in condemning the deplorable racist abuse towards Lewis Hamilton.

“Racism must be driven out of our sport, and it’s our shared responsibility to unite and eliminate it.”

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This incident comes just days after Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka were subjected to similar abuse over the 2020 euro final in which they missed their penalties.

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Hamilton and Mercedes give outgoing Bottas an exciting ‘little’ parting gift

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Hamilton and Mercedes give outgoing Bottas an exciting 'little' parting gift
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After replacing retired Nico Rosberg at Mercedes in 2017, Valterri Bottas has had a rather successful five seasons and though he didn’t manage any championship triumph, the Finn has a good number of wins to his name, most of which came in handy for the team.

Before the end of last season though, he was confirmed to race for Alfa Romeo onwards, while 2018 FIA Formula 2 champion, George Russell would leave Williams to form an all-British Mercedes team with seven-time champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Before his departure, his previous family (Mercedes) went all out to give him a parting gift, and their choice isn’t what most of us would have thought.

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While they would have thought of anything else, they went for something that perhaps meant more for both sides, his first Mercedes winning car.

“They had a little surprise when I came to the factory on the last day,” said the 33-year old about the not so ‘little’ surprise. “…my first winning car in 2017,” revealed Bottas on his podcast.

The 2021 championships 2nd runners-up takes a step forward as a leader in his current team from his previous supportive role and Alfa Romeo will be counting on his experience with the current constructors’ champions to improve on their last season’s 9th place.

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Hopefully, having his first win’s car from his former team will push him towards a better performance.

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Will the FIA’s decision on Masi stand well with Mercedes and Hamilton?

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Will the FIA’s decision on Masi stand well with Mercedes and Hamilton?

After a controversial end to the 2021 season that saw Max Verstappen clinch his first F1 title, many have criticized race director Michael Masi for allegedly “snatching” the title from Hamilton and “handing” it over to Verstappen.

Some, if not many, believe that Masi’s decision to restart the race on the last lap was a deliberate move to deny Hamilton the win in a race he had led from lap one. Mercedes were obviously pissed off by the result, which denied their leading driver a possible record eighth championship title.

According to reports, Mercedes wants Masi gone before the 2022 season gets underway, but nothing has been decided yet about the 44-year-old. According to the Daily Mail, some believe that Masi should stay, but others think that if he does, the reputation of F1 will be jeopardized.

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As per reports, Mercedes and F1 held friendly talks over the issue but didn’t reach a unanimous decision. However, the sporting body has allegedly decided that Masi will stay, which will be to Mercedes and Hamilton’s disappointment and anger.

Hamilton hasn’t disclosed whether he will participate in this coming F1 season, and if Michael stays, the chances of the 36-year old’s return to the track might probably be further minimized. “I wouldn’t be shocked if he stopped, so I don’t think anyone should take for granted he’s coming back,” stated Brown, McLaren’s CEO, who urged the sport not to ignore Lewis’ frustration or anger.

With nothing decided for certain, though, everyone, especially the involved parties, can only wait, fingers crossed that what is settled in the end benefits both sides. There’s hope of that happening if the new FIA president is as diligent as Brown described. “…I believe he will be a change agent…,” Brown assured.

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Hamilton thinks rating who is best will be easy if he and Max drove the same car

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Hamilton thinks rating who is best will be easy if he and Max drove the same car

Whether it will be a record eighth title for Hamilton, or a brilliant second for Verstappen, is still unclear, and so is the answer to who is the best driver between the two.

After an exciting and perhaps controversial 2021 season, F1 will usher in an anticipated 2022 as the two leading drivers and current biggest rivals take to their wheels for another title race.

After a brilliant 14-year F1 career and four consecutive titles (2017–2020), one would go for Hamilton, but some think he has the advantage of a better car.

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The comparison goes way back, and in 2019, Lewis thought of the simplest solution to this argument: having Verstappen drive the same car. “I see stories that we have different cars and that’s the only way I beat him, so that would give me the opportunity to show that is not the case.”

Mercedes have dominated F1 for close to ten years, with Red Bull seeming content as runners-up most of that time, but last year saw a different outcome as the latter made it clear they were out to end their rival’s dominance.

The 36-year old’s suggestion is unlikely to take root though, as Verstappen is contracted to RedBull for at least another two seasons, while Mercedes has already signed a new teammate for the 7-time champion.

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That leaves the field open for all to see and judge. Hopefully, they (Hamilton and Verstappen) make the next few seasons where they’ll compete as exciting as they have been, from which everyone will judge who to crown king.

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