Hamilton urges fans to avoid repeat of abusive scenes at Austrian Grand Prix

The British driver demanded the sport take a strong stance to ensure F1 is an inclusive, welcoming environment. Last year’s race was tarnished by accusations of sexist catcalling, inappropriate touching of female fans and homophobic and racist abuse. This year F1 and the promoters at the Red Bull Ring have instituted new rules as part of the sport’s Drive It Out campaign, which was launched after last year’s race. Hamilton believed the sport was heading in the right direction but cautioned that it had to be resolute in dealing with abuse. “It was definitely sad to hear what happened last year,” he said. Hamilton believed the sport and its fanbase was changing to be more inclusive but that it still had a long way to go. We’ve got a long, long way to go in terms of creating better accessibility within our sport.

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