On Saturday, Formula 1 launched the Drive It Out initiative to combat abuse following recent incidents of racist and homophobic behavior by spectators and sexual harassment of female fans.

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The sport said it was sending a clear and unified message that insults both in racing and on social media must stop and those who spread them are not welcome.

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The campaign, sparked in part by abuse at this month’s Austrian Grand Prix, was launched with a video featuring all 20 drivers, Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

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“Formula 1 is about competition and rivalry,” Domenicali said, opening the statement, which was continued by a string of drivers competing in Hungary this weekend.

“But also respect. Respect as competitors, respect for our fans, respect for the entire Formula 1 family. Insults of any kind are unacceptable. If you can’t show respect, don’t be a part of our sport.”

“We can’t let anyone who thinks they can offend others get away with this,” seven-time Mercedes world champion Lewis Hamilton said before the others completed the statement.

“We have to declare it and say “enough”. We act as a community to block those who offend others online. We will not tolerate abuse at our races. But we also need social media platforms to combat abuse. online in the forehead.

“Those who hide behind social media with offensive and disrespectful views are not our fans. We are united and ask you to join us in banishing this from all of sport and society. Get rid of it together.”

In Austria, where the majority of the crowd supported Red Bull World Champion Max Verstappen, there were reports of drunk men molesting female fans, homophobic chants and racial slurs.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel called for a life ban at the time, with Hamilton saying he was “disgusted and frustrated” by the behavior.

Since then, Formula One has spoken to Grand Prix promoters to make sure they have plans in place to address incidents when they occur, and can also keep an eye on alcohol sales during race weekends.