Sebastian Vettel is furious after the incident in Austria. Namely, some F1 fans took offense to the insults of other fans, some of which were racist, and some of which were homophobic. Vettel believes that such behavior should not happen on F1 tracks.
Tolerance and peace is what F1 has encouraged for many years. “Horrible isn’t it? I think it is good that this stuff comes out, that’s the start, but it is horrible,” Vettel said after the Austrian GP in which he finished 17th.
“Whoever these people are they should be ashamed of themselves and they should be banned from racing events for their lives. “I think there should be zero tolerance. If people have a good time and drink too much that’s OK, but it doesn’t justify or excuse wrong behaviour.
“We race as one, so, the fans are a part of that”.
F1 issued a statement in which they condemned the behavior of individuals. Really, such things have no place in sports competitions, nor in everyday life. Christian Horner also strongly condemned this act.
We will see what punishments will follow after this. “We have been made aware of reports that some fans have been subject to completely unacceptable comments by others at the event. “We have raised this with the promoter and security and will be speaking to those who have reported these incidents and are taking this very seriously.
“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated and all fans should be treated with respect”. In a statement Red Bull team boss Christian Horner added: "We are shocked to hear that there have been some incidents of abusive behaviour in the grandstands and the fan parks.
"This is completely unacceptable and we hope that security and the authorities deal with this swiftly as there is no place for it in racing or society as a whole. "We value inclusion and want a safe space for fans to enjoy our sport”.
Lewis Hamilton's reaction
Lewis Hamilton had something to say “Disgusted and disappointed to hear that some fans are facing racist, homophobic and generally abusive behaviour at the circuit this weekend. “Attending the Austrian Grand Prix or any GP should never be a source of anxiety and pain for fans and something must be done to ensure that races are safe spaces for all.
“Please, if you see this happening, report it to circuit security and to F1. We cannot sit back and allow this to continue”.
“I'm grateful that I wasn't in hospital, and I wasn't heavily injured, but you should never cheer someone's downfall or someone's injury or crash,” Hamilton said.
“It shouldn't have happened in Silverstone, even though it wasn't obviously a crash, and it shouldn't have happened here”.