While he won the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday, his first victory in Formula 1 for three months, Charles Leclerc wanted to react to the racist, sexist and homophobic behavior that took place in the stands of the Red Bull Ring. The Ferrari driver calls for being more severe in the face of this discrimination.
And if the Austrian Grand Prix marked a turning point in the season of Charles Leclerc ? Three months after his last victory, and after five races without getting on the podium, luck finally smiled on the Monegasque, who crossed the finish line first on the Spielberg circuit, winning narrowly ahead of his rivals Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (mercedes). A success that allows the pilot Ferrari to return to 38 points from Super Max in the drivers’ world championship, and which revives him (a little bit) in the race for the title, while there are still eleven Grand Prize to be played before the end of the 2022 season.
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A weekend disrupted by incidents
While the race was lively, with many overtaking and twists and turns, the event was unfortunately marred by incidents in the stands and around the Red Bull Ring. Indeed, some supporters displayed racist, sexist and homophobic behavior towards other spectators. Unacceptable attitudes that occurred throughout the Austrian weekend, and which were condemned by the Formula 1who had issued a press release about it a few hours before Sunday’s race. But the pilots also wanted to react to these sad events, starting with the winner of the day, Charles Leclerc.
“It’s horrible to see this”
“It’s horrible to see this. I saw the Formula 1 statement just before the race and yes, I just hope Formula 1 can do something about it. I don’t know how this can be fixed, but obviously it’s unacceptable to see this anywhere, but obviously if we can do something, we should and must do something” he said in comments reported by nextgen-auto.
“We must take severe measures”
Asked about how the Formula 1 can act to confront and eradicate this kind of societal problems, the 24-year-old Monegasque replied: “First of all, I believe that as a community, people who witness any type of harassment should step up and do something. And of course, as Formula 1, if we manage to find these people, we have to take stern measures, they should not be allowed near our sport, I believe. As Lewis Hamilton said, as riders we are obviously followed all over the world, we have to talk about that. And so people, obviously, listen to us a little more and do that kind of stuff.”. An exit occurring after the rant of lewis hamilton on the subject : ” I haven’t given much thought to finding solutions to what the sport should do. This brings us back to some of the messages we talked about about what we need to do within sport, which is to commit more to diversity and inclusion. Because it reflects where we’re headed and it also often reflects what our fanbase looks like. It’s time to act. “We Race as One” was all well and good, but it was only words. There hasn’t been funding for anything, there hasn’t been a program to create change and fuel that conversation. »