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Austrian Grand Prix 2022

F1 issues statement over 'unacceptable' fan harassment in Austria

Formula 1 has responded to reports of fans being subject to harassment at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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F1 has issued a statement following reports of fans being subject to "unacceptable" comments at the Austrian Grand Prix.

It comes after some fans posted on social media during the weekend about experiencing harassment at the event.

Formula 1 has stated that they are taking the issue "very seriously", and say that they will engage in further discussions with those who reported the incidents.

"We have been made aware of reports that some fans have been subject to completely unacceptable comments by others at the Austrian Grand Prix," the statement reads.

"We take these matters very seriously, have raised them with the promoter and event security, and will be speaking to those who reported the incidents.

"This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

Hamilton "disgusted" by reports of abusive behaviour

Lewis Hamilton has since reacted to the reports, having voiced his "disgust" at the abuse in a social media post.

"Disgusted and disappointed to hear that some fans are facing racist, homophobic and generally abusive behaviour at the circuit this weekend," the Mercedes driver wrote on Instagram Stories.

"Attending the Austrian Grand Prix or any GP should never be a source of anxiety and pain for fans and something must be done to ensure that races are safe spaces for all.

"Please, if you see this happening, report it to circuit security and to F1, we cannot sit back and allow this to continue."

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