Sebastian Vettel believes that fans who allow themselves to be insulted on the basis of racism or sexism should be deprived of the right to attend Formula 1 races for life. This is how the four-time world champion reacted to the incidents that took place during the Austrian Grand Prix.
Formula 1 has condemned the behavior of such fans, most of whom came to Spielberg to support Max Verstappen, and Lewis Hamilton unreservedly supported the championship leadership, emphasizing that incidents like this can provoke no reaction other than outrage. and disappointment.
Vettel, speaking to the press after finishing yesterday’s race, said: “It is terrible, agree? It is good that such cases have become known. But this is only the beginning. Whoever these people are, they should be ashamed of their behavior and deprived of the right to participate in motorsport competitions for life.
I believe that in such cases it is necessary to introduce the principle of zero tolerance. If the audience is having fun and getting involved in alcohol, that’s normal, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for indecent behavior.
Aston Martin F1, the team behind the four-time world champion, invited two fans to their retreat on Sunday and watched the race from there. In addition, he arranged a meeting with Sebastian.
Toto Wolff, head of the Mercedes team, also called for an end to this kind of vicious phenomenon: “Formula 1 does not need people who allow themselves this. On the other hand, if there are a few drunken idiots under being the public, who don’t understand that the modern world has changed, we shouldn’t judge 99.9% of the fans who come to the races.
Sport polarizes people and evokes emotions, but this is what we need. And if there are individual single-cell signs, then you should not draw general conclusions from them. We just need to identify and punish such people.”
Mercedes also reported that the Czech fan, who suffered for supporting Lewis Hamilton on the podium, was invited to watch the race from the team’s boxes.
Source: F1 News
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