Formula 1 drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, have condemned racist abuse apparently suffered by fans at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Ahead of Sunday’s race, F1 said it had received reports from fans who had been verbally abused.

He takes the allegations “very seriously” and will speak to those who reported the conduct, he added.

He also raised the issue with the event’s promoter and security.

Hamilton, who finished third, said “ignorance” was partly to blame.

“It just highlights that it’s still a problem,” he said.

“It comes down to education and, of course, ignorance. People should come, feel safe, feel included and be able to follow who you want to follow.

“[It] shouldn’t matter [about] your gender, your sexuality, the color of your skin. Everyone just has to be here to have a good time.”

Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring was sold out, with more than 300,000 fans in attendance over three days.

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen said the reported abuse “shouldn’t happen”, adding: “I’ve read a few things, some shocking things, so it’s clearly not okay.”

Race winner Charles Leclerc said anyone who witnessed the abuse should “do something,” continuing: “If we can find these people, we have to take tough action. They can’t be allowed anywhere near our sport.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “This is completely unacceptable and we hope that the security service and the authorities will deal with this quickly, as this has no place in racing or in society.”

https://news.sky.com/story/lewis-hamilton-says-ignorance-to-blame-for-alleged-racial-abuse-at-austrian-grand-prix-12649606

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