Formula 1 team McLaren is set to launch an investigation into historic social media abuse aimed at Lewis Hamilton.
A McLaren employee’s social media account allegedly sparked a series of abusive posts about Hamilton from their private accounts.
Once the posts resurfaced online, their Twitter and TikTok accounts were later deleted.
When Hamilton tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December 2020, a message read: “What a fucking king he really is! I couldn’t stand to see someone doing good!”
This was in reference to Hamilton being replaced by George Russell at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.
Russell, who is now his team-mate at Mercedes, led for most of the race before his team fitted the wrong tires which eventually saw him finish in ninth place.
The account is believed to have replied “f**king p***k” to a tweet from the official Formula 1 account which tagged the British driver last year.
Following Hamilton’s knighthood, they wrote, “Oh f**k off! To have the car fasted on the grind. What an aw****r.”
The seven-time Formula 1 champion – which includes a championship at McLaren in 2008 – was also abused after he was disqualified from qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix in November last year.
One message read, “F**king get in!!! F**k off you p***k.”
McLaren’s official Twitter account issued a statement, pledging to investigate the posts after they came to light on Friday.
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.
—McLaren (@McLarenF1) April 29, 2022
“We consider these comments to be completely at odds with our values and culture at McLaren,” the statement said.
“We take the matter very seriously and are investigating it as a priority.”