Formula 1 drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, have condemned the alleged racist abuse suffered by fans at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Ahead of Sunday’s race, F1 said it had received reports of fans being verbally attacked.

He takes the accusations “very seriously” and will speak to those who reported the behavior, he added.

He also raised the issue with the event promoter and security.

Hamilton, who finished third, said “ignorance” was partly to blame.

“It just highlights that it’s still a problem everywhere,” he said.

“It comes down to education and, of course, ignorance. People should come, should feel safe, should feel included, and should be able to follow whoever you want to follow.

“[It] shouldn’t matter [about] your sex, your sexuality, the color of your skin. It should just be everyone here having a good time.”

Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring sold out with over 300,000 fans in attendance for three days.

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen said the reported abuse “shouldn’t happen”, adding: “I’ve read a few things, a few shocking things, so it’s clearly not OK.”

Race winner Charles Leclerc said anyone witnessing abuse should “do something”, continuing: “If we manage to find these people, we must take strong action. They should not be allowed to be close to our sport.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “This is completely unacceptable and we hope that security and the authorities will deal with it quickly because there is no place for this in the race or in the society.”

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