Lewis Hamilton Wins British Grand Prix, Receives Racial Slurs

by Duke Magazine

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on Sunday at Silverstone and which was followed with online vile racial slurs meted at the British Formula1 driver. 

The seven-time world champion was given a ten second time penalty following a crash with Max Verstappen on the first lap that led to the latter being taken to hospital for precautionary checks. 

After being clipped by Hamilton, world championship leader Verstappen, 23, hurtled into the tyre wall at 140mph in a rough incident. 

Despite the incident, Hamilton responded by securing victory at the British Grand Prix for the eighth time, overtaking Charles Leclerc in the closing stages. 

Following the victory, Hamilton received messages on Instagram from his Sunday evening upload that included monkey emojis. 

This racial 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 in 2021, Hamilton was the first recipient of the Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year award due to his involvement in the fight against racism. 

The 36-year-old has widely spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for increased diversity in Formula One.

It could be recalled that in 2020, Hamilton hit out at the Formula1 community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests.

The six-time world champion said he felt isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting field he described as ‘white dominated’. 

In 2020, Hamilton established the Hamilton Commission with the Royal Academy of Engineering, which is attempting to help more young Black people to be employed in motorsport or in other engineering sectors.

Alongside his anti-racism campaigns, Hamilton is a well known social activist, championing fashionable causes including veganism.

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