‘They should be banned forever’: Paddock ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’ by fan behavior – Formula 1

At first sight, the environment of Austrian Grand Prix visually speaking, thanks to the incredible orange wave that formed in the stands, with in particular the use of smoke to color the moment. It looked more like a Dutch football game – almost half were actually Dutch – but with all that Max Verstappen-related euphoria came the exaggerations, which led to less than sweet moments. Over the weekend, reports of harassment, provocation, homophobic and racist language were heard from the stands, in a situation that went so out of line that F1 itself issued a memo refuting it. that had happened. “We have become aware that some fans have been subjected to completely unacceptable comments during the event. We have raised this matter with the event promoter and security. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. All fans should be treated with respect,” he wrote to F1 in a statement. This position came as a result of the report/accusation made by Lewis Hamilton. “Disgusted and disappointed to hear that some fans have faced racist and homophobic comments and other abuse on the circuit this weekend. Watching the Austrian Grand Prix, or any other, should not be a source of anxiety or pain for the fans. Something must be done to make the races safe for everyone”, wrote on Instagram the Briton, who on Friday had been one of the targets of the Dutch support phalanx. . Especially when he crashed in qualifying, celebrated as if a football goal was…

However, this Sunday, after the race, there were no more drivers to denounce the situation, including Verstappen himself. “Of course it’s not good. These things shouldn’t happen. I’ve read shocking reports, so it’s obviously not fair. It shouldn’t even be said, I think it’s dumb. common sense that these things shouldn’t happen,” the Dutchman said. , who then pointed to the need to strengthen control and even limit alcohol consumption.

“Sometimes you drink alcohol and do stupid things. I’m not saying that’s an excuse, but those things need to be controlled. There’s a certain amount of alcohol you can drink, before you say ‘well, it’s time to go to bed, wake up the next morning and be sober.’ If you cross that threshold, you start doing all kinds of stupid things. “

Red Bull itself also condemned the situation in a statement. “We were shocked to learn that there have been certain incidents of abusive behavior in the stands and in the fan parks. This is completely unacceptable and we hope that security and the local authorities will quickly deal with this situation as it “There’s no place for that in motorsport or in society. We value inclusion and want a safe environment for fans to enjoy the sport.”

Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, went further and indicated a radical solution for those who have these behaviors. “It’s awful, isn’t it? I think it’s good when these things are known, because it’s a start, but it’s awful. Whoever these people are, they should be ashamed of themselves and they should be banned forever. There should be zero tolerance. . If people are having fun and drinking a little too much, that’s fine, but that doesn’t justify or excuse such behavior” , said the German from Aston Martin.

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