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Hamilton wants more action from social media after Latifi abuse

(L to R): Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 in the FIA Press Conference. Steiermark Grand Prix, Thursday 24th June 2021. Spielberg, Austria. FIA Pool Image for Editorial Use Only. Credits: Williams Racing.

Lewis Hamilton has shared his thoughts about social media abuse that Nicholas Latifi faced after the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP.

Latifi’s crash on lap 53 of the 2021 season finale started a chain of events that resulted in a controversial Safety Car restart, where Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton and won the world championship.

After the race, the Canadian was subjected to social media abuse. Several days later, Latifi released a statement, in which he admitted that he was surprised with how aggressive some messages were.

Hamilton revealed that he had contacted the Williams driver to support him and stated that social media platforms did not do enough to prevent such incidents.

“Ultimately, I don’t think there’s been a huge change or shift, or enough work that’s been done by these social platforms,” he said.

“We still have to apply pressure for them to make changes. Mental health is a real thing and through these social platforms, people are experiencing abuse. No one deserves that and it should never be tolerated.

“They’re able to change these things and make changes. But they don’t seem to do it quick enough. So, I think we just need to continue to apply pressure.

“I was in touch with Nicholas. He has my full support. And I know how difficult it can be in those situations. It’s important for him to know that he has support from people around him.”

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