Members of the Orange Army at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria. Photo EFE / EPA / CHRISTIAN BRUNA
After a weekend without Formula 1, the drivers gathered in France for this Sunday’s Grand Prix and also to unite against racism and those aggressive fans who appeared in the last round of the season, at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Although the organization had condemned the events related to the harassment, sexism, racism and homophobia in the stands of the Spielberg circuit there was no voice of the drivers and among them the strongest was the Mexican Sergio Perez.
These fans do not represent the sport, they do not share values and are not welcome. It’s that simple. Hopefully they are banned for life, they will not be welcomed back. I think some fans shouldn’t be allowed to embarrass us like that. “remarked Checo Pérez, who belongs to the local team of that circuit and had already expressed himself on Twitter after the race.
Hamilton, one of those who suffered – like his fans – from fan boos, also insisted on Thursday that this behavior must stop and called for action. “We have to do more. I know that Formula 1 and Stefano (Domenicali, current president and CEO of Formula 1) are focused on doing more and are certainly taking it seriously, especially after the last race,” explained the Seven- Champion of the Time.
For his part, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel praised those who denounced the abuse, which he says has been rife for years, but which has been made public thanks to the fact that there are younger fans with regular use today. of social networks. . “I think there has been a shift in the fan base. I think that in the circuits we can see a younger audience -said the German of Aston Martin-. I think abuse has always existed. It’s amazing to see people who have the courage to speak up. “
Although in France it is difficult to repeat what happened, basically without the Orange Army (Dutch Verstappen fans) as close as in Austria, the next Grand Prix is in Hungary and there last year Hamilton was booed for his dramatic crash in the first lap of Silverstone with Verstappen.