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F1 investigates ‘unacceptable’ harassment of fans in Austria

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Throughout the weekend of the 2022 F1 Austrian GP, ​​several fans have posted on social media about the harassment they have suffered, including the use of homophobic, racist slurs and other abusive comments.

Reports from fans reached Formula 1, which responded with a statement confirming that it would take further action.

“We have been informed that some fans have been subjected to totally unacceptable comments by other attendees at the event,” F1 said in the statement.

“We’ve raised it with the promoter and security guys and we’ll talk to those who have reported these incidents and we’re taking it very seriously.”

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. All fans should be treated with respect.”

Among what was published on Twitter and Instagram are homophobic, sexist comments and humiliating treatment of Hamilton fans by Dutch fans.

Fan behavior had already been a major issue this weekend in Austria, after Lewis Hamilton’s accident during qualifying on Friday was celebrated by some of Max Verstappen’s supporters in the stands.

More than 50,000 Dutch fans have traveled to Austria for this weekend’s race, which will have a capacity of 105,000 on Sunday.

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Hamilton said he found it “amazing” that fans would celebrate an accident, especially without knowing the driver’s condition.

“I’m thankful I didn’t have to go to the hospital and I wasn’t seriously injured, but you should never cheer someone’s accident or someone’s injury,” Hamilton said.

“It shouldn’t have happened at Silverstone, although it wasn’t obviously an accident, and it shouldn’t have happened here.”

Verstappen was booed by fans during his post-qualifying interview at Silverstone last weekend, and they also celebrated a spin during that session.

“Booing is a personal attack on the driver,” said the Mercedes director, toto wolff. “The fans should put themselves in the position that the drivers are there and they are being booed. I think that is not correct for the driver, nor that Christian [Horner] was booed at Silverstone.

“I don’t think that’s right. So I hope we can talk common sense. We want the fans, we want them to be there, we want them to be emotional and passionate, but when it gets personal it shouldn’t happen.”

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