Lewis Hamilton criticized the crowd at the Austrian Grand Prix for cheering when he crashed in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.
Hamilton left at Turn Seven, close to the stands filled with Dutch fans from his 2021 rival, Max Verstappen.
“I went through a lot in that accident, but to hear about it after that you know … I don’t agree with any of that no matter what,” he said.
“A driver could be in the hospital, and you will support him?”
The incident left Hamilton 10th in qualifying, although he was promoted to ninth on the grid for Saturday’s sprint event after a penalty for Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.
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Speaking after the sprint, Hamilton added: “It is shocking that people would do that, knowing how dangerous our sport is. I’m grateful that I wasn’t in the hospital and I wasn’t seriously injured.
“You should never cheer for someone’s fall or someone’s injury.”
Investigation launched into ‘unacceptable abuse’ on race weekend
Formula 1 said it had launched an investigation into reports of fans being subjected to “absolutely unacceptable” harassment at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton later wrote on Instagram: “Clearly and disappointed to hear that some fans faced racist, homophobic and generally violent behavior on the circuit this weekend.
“Attending the Austrian Grand Prix or any GP should never be a source of anxiety and pain for fans and something must be done to ensure that racing is a safe space for all.
“Please, if you see this happening, report it to circuit safety and F1. We cannot sit idly by and let this continue.”
Ferrari power ‘too much at the moment’
Hamilton will start Sunday’s grand prix in eighth place, his finishing position in Saturday’s sprint event.
He made a poor start and dropped to 11th on the first lap after being hit by Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri at corner one.
He spent most of the sprint stuck behind Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher but couldn’t get past him because Mercedes had a lower straight-line speed than their Ferrari-powered car.
He finally managed to overtake Schumacher with two laps remaining.
Hamilton said: “Ferrari’s strength is too big for us at the moment.
“I don’t know if it’s pull, or if it’s strength, it’s hard to gauge which one it is.
“It wasn’t the most fun race. It doesn’t feel that fast. But like I said, I think something went wrong with the car after that [the incident with Gasly].
“But a big thank you to my team for putting the car together. They worked hard last night and this morning to keep us in the race, so I hope tomorrow is a bit better.”