Lewis Hamilton has been subjected to racist abuse on-line after successful Sunday’s British Grand Prix, British media reported.
The seven-times world champion celebrated a file eighth win on the race after combating again from a 10-second penalty for a first-lap collision that despatched title rival Max Verstappen to hospital.
Sky Sports reported Hamilton, 36, was focused on-line hours after the victory, with racist messages together with monkey emojis despatched as replies to a submit by his Mercedes crew on Instagram.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.
Hamilton has been a vocal advocate for social justice and among the many supporters of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion.
He stated earlier than the race that he was impressed by the response of England soccer gamers to racist abuse after their penalty shootout defeat to Italy within the European Championship last.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met social media corporations final week to ask them step up the battle towards on-line abuse.
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