If Charles Leclerc brilliantly won the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday, the race weekend was sadly marred by racist, homophobic and misogynistic behavior on the part of certain spectators. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) did not fail to react, while several of his fans were involved in these events.
This Sunday was the Austrian Grand Prix, eleventh round of the 2022 season of Formula 1contested on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Whereas Max Verstappen (Red Bull) had dominated the sprint qualification on Saturday, it was Charles Leclerc who won Sunday’s race, ahead of the reigning world champion and Lewis Hamilton (mercedes). Although the race was exciting with several twists and turns, the Austrian weekend did not go as planned in the stands, as numerous incidents took place.
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A controversial weekend
Indeed, a certain number of spectators who came to watch the Grand Prix were victims of racist, homophobic or misogynistic behavior on the part of other supporters. Unacceptable attitudes which have moreover been condemned by the Formula 1who posted a statement on his social media ahead of Sunday’s race to step up: “We have been made aware of reports that some fans were subjected to completely unacceptable comments at the event. We take this very seriously and have raised this issue with the promoter and security, before speaking to those who have reported these incidents. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated and all fans should be treated with respect.”.
The inappropriate behavior of some supporters manifested itself in different ways: some of the fans of Max Verstappen for example applauded the crash of Lewis Hamilton during Friday’s qualifying session, while a man filmed himself burning a cap mercedesstable of the seven-time world champion. Finally, women expressed their dismay after receiving several abusive gestures and comments from certain men who were too drunk. What did not fail to react the clan Red Bullto start with Verstappen.
Verstappen steps up
“One thing that can be improved is the security around the premises to keep people more in check. These things can be regulated. There’s a certain amount of alcohol a person should have until it’s time to go to bed and wake up sober the next morning because if you start going crazy you can do some stupid things “ said the Dutchman in remarks reported by the Mirror. Same story on the side of Christian Hornerthe director of Red Bull : “This is completely unacceptable and we hope security and the authorities will deal with it quickly because there is no place for this in racing or in society as a whole. We value inclusion and want a safe space for fans to enjoy our sport”. It remains to be seen whether the fans will be able to behave better during the next weekends of Grand Prize.