McLaren Investigates Employee Over Offensive Posts Against Hamilton |  formula 1

McLaren Investigates Employee Over Offensive Posts Against Hamilton | formula 1


In a statement, McLaren confirmed it was investigating an employee for offensive tweets directed at Lewis Hamilton in a now-deleted profile. The participant, identified as “Katie”, posted a series of posts calling the seven-time Mercedes champion “stupid” in 2020 and 2021.

– We consider these comments to be completely at odds with our values ​​and culture at McLaren. We are taking this matter very seriously and are investigating it as a matter of priority – we have informed the team of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

Lewis Hamilton at the 2022 F1 Emilia-Romagna GP – Photo: Alessio Morgese/NurImages via Getty Images

The posts were shared by the UK team through the same platform. They were directed at the 37-year-old pilot at different times. One of them was when he returned to the grid after a period of isolation that followed a positive Covid-19 test in 2020.

McLaren employee under investigation for offensive posts against Lewis Hamilton – Image: Reproduction / Twitter

– What a fool! I can’t see anyone getting along – wrote a McLaren employee.

At that time, the Briton was replaced in the Sakhir GP by George Russell, who stopped at the weekend.

Other offensive messages were published on the now-deleted profile when Hamilton was eliminated from the classification of the São Paulo GP in Interlagos last November and when he was bet by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Palace in London, England, after the 2021 season. .

Last season in Formula 1, marked by a mathematical rivalry between Hamilton and defending champion Max Verstappen, the seven-time champion was also the target of online abuse. After the first collision between the two – for which the Mercedes driver ended up being responsible and punished – he received a barrage of racist messages on the Internet.

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Formula 1 issued a statement denying the incident, along with Mercedes. Verstappen’s team, RBR, supported the seven-time champion and demanded that those responsible for those mistakes be punished.

Despite highlighting the fact that, for the first time, he did not feel alone in the face of racial abuse, the online hate monitoring organization revealed that 31 profiles attacking the pilot remained online even after the reports.

Death threats after the 2021 season

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi launched a safety car at the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP which, with five laps remaining, changed the outcome of the race won by Verstappen and signaled a breach of race direction to sporting regulations. As a result of the incident, the Canadian was also the target of a series of attacks on social networks, including death threats.

He revealed what happened through an official statement, with the support of F1 itself and other teams – including Mercedes.

– Be strong. We are with you in the fight against hate and cyberbullying – tweeted the eight-time bodybuilder champion.

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