Sergio Perez requires lifetime bans for abusive behaviour

Sergio Perez is one other driver to have referred to as for lifetime bans for followers who’ve discovered to have been abusive at race weekends.

A number of studies of unacceptable fan behaviour had been reported on the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, together with sexual harassment, misogyny, racism and homophobia amongst sure sections of individuals in attendance.

Sebastian Vettel is among the many drivers to name for lifelong bans, whereas Lando Norris feels bans must be “for some time” moderately than fully, and Perez’s Purple Bull team-mate Max Verstappen voiced his disgust within the media after the race, however determined towards reaffirming the message on social media within the aftermath of the weekend.

“I believe actually it’s necessary. All of us do our bit: drivers, groups, media, followers – there are plenty of good followers in Method 1,” Perez advised reporters in France.

“People who… they don’t characterize us as a sport, they don’t share our values and so they’re not welcome right here. So simple as that. So I do agree that all of us can do extra.

“I believe it’s essential we don’t generalise as a result of it’s very uncommon from our followers that comply with our sport to listen to one thing like that. So we positively ought to, hopefully, ban them for all times.

“Don’t welcome them once more, as a result of they don’t characterize who we’re as a sport, and so they don’t share our values in any respect so… however on the identical time we have now nice followers on the market and with nice values and I believe a couple of followers shouldn’t have the ability to even embarrass our sport like that.”

Lewis Hamilton expanded extra extensively concerning the topic of fan abuse, saying it’s a broader situation that isn’t simply in Method 1, however must be solved in wider society – and any offending voices must be stored from having a platform.

“Effectively, firstly, I don’t suppose we must always simply be saying that is Method 1’s downside, I believe it’s all of us,” he stated whereas sat alongside Perez. “And going again to once I talked about that Silverstone, simply amplifying voices that aren’t aligned with ours, who’ve undertones of discrimination, we shouldn’t be amplifying these voices.

“As a result of, they wish to create a divide, simply to have the ability to get their names within the papers in order that’s only a pointless train. I believe Method 1 100% ought to proceed to do extra.

“Within the earlier years we had the entire We Race As One factor, however that basically was only a lip service that we’re not… we have to do extra. And I do know Method 1 and Stefano are actually centered on doing extra and positively taking it severely this 12 months.”



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