McLaren F1 team to investigate offensive Lewis Hamilton posts
McLaren F1 team to investigate string of abusive social media posts about Lewis Hamilton allegedly sent by an employee from private accounts in which seven-time world champion was called a ‘p****’ and a ‘f***ing w*****’
- A McLaren employee allegedly sent a series of abusive social media messages about British driver Lewis Hamilton from their private accounts
- Their Twitter and Tiktok accounts were deleted on Friday night when the historic posts came to light
- One post called Hamilton a ‘f**king w*****’ after he recovered from Covid-19 ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2020
- Another revelled in Hamilton being disqualified from qualifying in Brazil in 2021
- McLaren said her comments were ‘at odds with our values and culture’ and said they would investigate the posts
The McLaren Formula One team has pledged to investigate historic social media posts allegedly made by an employee that called Lewis Hamilton a ‘p****’ and a ‘w*****’.
The staffer allegedly sent out a string of abusive posts about the seven-time Formula One world champion from their now-deleted private Twitter and Facebook accounts.
One from December 2020, when Hamilton tested positive for Covid ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and had to complete a 10-day quarantine before returning for the race, read: ‘What a f**king w***** he truly is! Couldn’t stand seeing someone do well!’
That came after Hamilton was replaced by his now team-mate George Russell at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. Russell led for most of the race before the Mercedes pit crew fitted the wrong tyres to his car, meaning he eventually finished down in ninth.
The employee also allegedly replied ‘f**king p****’ to a tweet from the official Formula One account that tagged Hamilton last year.
The McLaren Formula One team has pledged to investigate an employee who allegedly posted offensive social media comments about Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes driver and seven-time world champion Hamilton was targeted on social media
In a response on Twitter after the offensive posts came to light, McLaren described the comments as ‘completely at odds with our values and culture’ and pledged to investigate
When Hamilton was awarded a knighthood, they wrote: ‘Oh f*** off! For having the fastest car on the grid. What a w*****.’
And when Hamilton was disqualified from qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix in November last year, the staff member said: ‘F**king get in!!! F*** off you p****.’
Hamilton won the Formula One World Championship with McLaren in 2008.
Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world championship as a McLaren driver back in 2008
When the tweets came to light on Friday night, the official McLaren F1 account responded: ‘We consider these comments to be completely at odds with our values and culture at McLaren.
‘We take the matter extremely seriously and are investigating it as a priority.’
Sportsmail has contacted McLaren for further comment.
All of the employee’s private social media accounts appeared to have been suspended or deleted as of Saturday.
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