After racist communications surfaced in the aftermath of Lewis Hamilton’s crash, Red Bull fired a staff member.
A member of the Red Bull squad has been fired after racist language in text messages was discovered.
The F1 team has confirmed that a crew member who used racist language in text messages has been fired. The content surfaced on social media, urging Red Bull to act quickly.
The person in question was not a high-ranking member of the team.
“As we openly recognized last week, we abhor racist abuse of any sort and have a zero-tolerance policy for racist behavior within our organization,” a Red Bull representative said.
“The individual in question is no longer a Red Bull Racing employee.”
Following his collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to racist abuse.
At Copse, Hamilton attempted to pass his title rival, but they collided, sending the Dutchman into the barriers.
After catching Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and receiving a 10-second time penalty for the collision, the 36-year-old went on to win the race.
Red Bull appealed the decision, requesting heavier penalties, but their plea was dismissed.
Following the incident, in which Hamilton cut Verstappen’s championship lead to only eight points, the Briton faced racial backlash on social media.
“It was fantastic to witness the support from my team, and from some of the drivers,” the seven-time winner stated in a recent press conference.
“I felt for the first time in a sport that I wasn’t alone.
“No one would have said anything in all the prior years I’ve been racing. As a result, seeing the progress made was truly inspiring.
“That sort of abuse has no place in our industry, but if I have to be on the receiving end of it in order for people to become aware, then that’s part of my journey.”
Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ CEO, has stated that he does not believe Red Bull acted with respect in appealing Hamilton’s penalty at the British Grand Prix.
“We believed the comments made during and after the race, then in written statements and at the meeting itself were below the belt,” Wolff said in his latest jab at Red Bull.
“But it’s not up to me, and Lewis wouldn’t want any apologies,” she says.
This weekend at “Brinkwire Summary News,” Hamilton and Verstappen will go at it again.