Max Verstappen pulled up his fans who appeared to burn Lewis Hamilton’s cargo after his victory in Hungary.
The Formula One world champion, who took first place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, in a post-race interview called his Orange Army fans “disgusting” for his alleged behaviour.
“Yeah, it’s definitely not acceptable,” the 24-year-old Red Bull Racing driver told reporters. “This person, I certainly don’t agree with that, because it’s just disgusting.”
He continued, “Overall, I think most fans were very excited during the race and for every driver on the podium. I think that should be the case.”
Footage of Verstappen fans setting fire to the seven-time world champion’s trade at the Hungaroring racetrack began circulating on social media over the weekend. a clip that was posted on twitterHas been viewed over 617,000 times.
The incident comes just weeks after allegations of racism, homosexuality and sexual abuse at the home race of the Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull, began to pour in.
Seniors in the sport, including Mercedes-AMG Petronas team principal Toto Wolff, have come forward to condemn the abuse.
“It’s just fooling people,” he said. “I have no other explanation for abusing people in any way, sexist, homophobic or racist – you’re just mindless. No alcohol can excuse that.”
Wolff continued: “If you’re a real Formula One fan, whatever the team, whatever the driver, you can’t be racist, you can’t be gay and you can’t be sexist because then you don’t fit into Formula One.” And we don’t want you.” He later told “members of that group” to “stay away” and “f*** off”.
Hamilton, 37, who drives for Mercedes at the time, wrote via his Instagram Stories that he was “disgusted and disappointed” to hear about the events of the weekend.
“Participating in the Austrian Grand Prix or any GP should not be a source of worry and pain for fans, and something must be done to ensure that races are safe places for all,” he said.
Meanwhile, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel said abusive fans should be banned from participating in future races.
“Whatever these people are, they should be ashamed of themselves, and they should be banned from racing events for their lives,” the 35-year-old Aston Martin driver told reporters.
The events in Austria prompted Formula One to launch an investigation and take a stand through its Drive It Out campaign, which aims to end any form of abuse, whether online or on the track.
“Formula 1 is about competition and rivalry, but also respect. Respect as competitors. Respect for our fans. Respect for the whole F1 family. Abuse of any kind is not welcome online, or anywhere in F1 A statement posted via Formula One’s Instagram read on Saturday.
“We are united and ask all of you to join us in taking this out of all sports and society. We have a duty to call it quits and say- ‘No more’.’ We don’t have fans hiding behind social media with outrageous and outrageous views. If you can’t respect that, don’t be a part of our game.”
Verstappen is Formula One’s youngest race winner and the first Dutch world champion. This year, he is enjoying an 80-point lead against Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, as the team is in summer recess. At this level last year, he and Hamilton were separated by just eight points.
newsweek We reached out to a representative for Hamilton for comment.