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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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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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