Lewis Hamilton has criticised Helmut Marko following reports of comments allegedly made by the Red Bull motorsport consultant referencing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Hamilton reacted strongly to the alleged quote, writing on social media: “Helmut, it deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour a distraction. I’m actually quite offended.”
He referred to past occasions when he was targeted by racist fans, such as during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2008.
“A distraction for me was fans showing up in blackface to taunt my family on race weekends,” he said. “A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.
“I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team, about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.”
The publication which published the alleged quote subsequently deleted the story without explanation or comment.
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