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Max Verstappen

Verstappen adds to criticism of fans after reading 'shocking' reports

Max Verstappen has given his take on the behaviour of certain fans at the Austrian Grand Prix after several issues came to light.

Max Verstappen criticised the behaviour of fans following various reports of harassment across the Grand Prix weekend in Austria.

Formula 1 is currently investigating reports of harassment from fans during the event, with numerous complaints being made on social media.

A statement was issued on Sunday confirming the reports of "unacceptable" behaviour, with Formula 1 opening investigations with event organisers and security.

The topic of fan behaviour has fallen under the spotlight in recent weeks, with several drivers speaking out against the booing witnessed in recent weeks at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring.

When asked to comment on the harassment reports, Verstappen spoke of his "shock" at reading the online accounts of events.

"Yeah, of course it's not good," Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"These things shouldn't happen. I read a few shocking things [and] it's clearly not okay.

"I shouldn't even need to say this. I think this should be a general understanding that these things shouldn't happen.

"I think a normal human being shouldn't think like that and shouldn't be like that."

Hamilton: Everyone should feel included

Austrian Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc echoed Verstappen's comments by calling the behaviour "unacceptable".

"It's horrible to see that," agreed Leclerc.

"I've seen the statement from Formula 1 just before the race and I just hope that Formula 1 can do something for that.

"I don't know how it can be tackled but obviously it's unacceptable to see that anywhere."

Lewis Hamilton highlighted the need for the wider public to be educated on equality and inclusivity.

"It's crazy to think that we're experiencing those things to 2022, so we have to continue to do more – it just highlights that it's still an issue all over, and it comes down to education," added Hamilton.

"People who come here should feel safe, should feel included, and should be able to follow whoever it is they want to follow.

"It shouldn't matter about your gender, your sexuality, the colour of your skin, it should just be everyone here to have a great time."

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