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F1 unites to slam alleged Hamilton 'racial abuse'

F1 unites to slam alleged Hamilton 'racial abuse'
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Even Facebook has waded into allegations that Lewis Hamilton was the subject of racial abuse in the wake of Max Verstappen's high speed crash last Sunday.

Even Facebook has waded into allegations that Lewis Hamilton was the subject of racial abuse in the wake of Max Verstappen's high speed crash last Sunday.

Media reports suggest some social media users used 'monkey' emojis to signal their disapproval of the seven time world champion's tactics in the British GP.

In a joint statement, Mercedes, Formula 1 and the FIA all said they "condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms".

"These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.

"Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated," the statement added.

Even Red Bull, whose bosses Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko were furious with Hamilton after the incident, followed suit.

They declared in a separate statement that even amid the "intense" 2021 title battle, "highly charged emotions should never cross the line into racial abuse".

"I personally feel strongly that those responsible for this sort of abuse should be held to account," team boss Christian Horner was quoted as saying.

"We will continue to support the FIA and F1 in order to eradicate this from our sport."

Next, the F1 drivers' union GPDA joined the movement, saying all the drivers "stand united to condemn the racist abuse Lewis Hamilton was subjected to".

"There is no place, in our sport or society, for abuse of any kind," the Grand Prix Drivers' Association added.

The controversy even reached all the way to Facebook, with the social network declaring that while "no single thing will fix this challenge overnight ... we are committed to the work to keep our community safe from abuse".

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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