Max Verstappen and Toto Wolff once slammed a bunch of “brainless” fans for sexually and racially abusing others during live racing
Max Verstappen and Toto Wolff once confronted a number of fans about misconduct in the stands after drinking alcohol. Her comments came at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix after several fans took to social media to complain about the sexual, homophobic and racial abuse they were subjected to while attending the race.
While F1 called the incidents “unacceptable”, Verstappen and Wolff insisted motorsport bodies should do more to ensure such events do not happen again.
Max Verstappen condemned abuse at last year’s Austrian GP
Although the Austrian Grand Prix is Red Bull Racing’s home race and several fans turned out to support Max Verstappen, the Dutchman wasn’t afraid to express his feelings at the insults some fans had insulted.
At his press conference, the 25-year-old explained that such things are “not okay”. He added that one shouldn’t need his opinion on the matter as “there should be a general understanding that these things shouldn’t be happening”.
When it came to what can be done to prevent such problems, Verstappen added that there could be an improvement in safety and regulators.
He also added that the amount of alcohol sold to fans should be limited. However, he clarified that drinking alcohol shouldn’t be an excuse for fans to do “stupid things” anyway.
Toto Wolff went further by slamming such fans
Following the conclusion of the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, the Mercedes F1 Team was contacted by a woman who made some shocking revelations about the incidents she faced in the grandstand. The woman, who was a supporter of Lewis Hamilton, told the Mercedes team that her dress was lifted by a group of drunk fans.
When informed of this, an irate Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said (quoted by motorsports.com): “If you are abusing in any way that is sexist, racist or homophobic, you are just brainless and cannot excuse alcohol.”
The Austrian motorsport executive added that while they wanted the sport to be polarised, under no circumstances do they want to see ‘idiots’ abusing others. Wolff concluded his remarks with the clarification that such incidents should be condemned and that the perpetrators should be asked to leave.