The McLaren Formula One team has pledged to investigate historic social media posts allegedly made by an employee who allegedly called Lewis Hamilton a ‘p****’ and a ‘w*****’ .
The social media account allegedly sent a series of abusive messages about the seven-time Formula 1 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 is he a really is! I couldn’t bear to see someone doing well!
It happened after Hamilton was replaced by now team-mate George Russell at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. Russell led for most of the race before the Mercedes pit crew put the wrong tires on his car, meaning he eventually finished ninth.
The account also reportedly replied “f***ing p****” to a tweet from the official Formula 1 account which tagged Hamilton last year.
The McLaren Formula One team has pledged to investigate an employee who allegedly posted offensive comments on social media about Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes driver and seven-time world champion Hamilton has been 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 vowed to investigate.
When Hamilton was knighted, they wrote, “Oh f*** off!” To have the fastest car on the grid. What is*****.’
And when Hamilton was disqualified from qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix in November last year, the staff member said: ‘F***ing get in!!! Go fuck yourself.’
Hamilton won the Formula 1 world championship with McLaren in 2008.
Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 World Championship as a McLaren driver in 2008
When the tweets were revealed on Friday evening, the official McLaren F1 account replied: “We consider these comments to be completely at odds with our values and culture at McLaren.”
“We take the matter very seriously and are investigating it as a priority.”
sports mail has contacted McLaren for further comment.
All of the employee’s private social media accounts appeared to have been suspended or deleted on Saturday.