Nearing the end of the World Championship deciding F1 Grand Prix just over a week ago we witnessed Max Verstappen's and Red Bull's dreams of taking the title slip right through their fingers as Lewis Hamilton increased the gap to secure his 8th world title, however, just after Red Bull claimed they need a miracle if they want to have any chance of winning the race, Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed and essentially caused a safety car to come out which not only allowed Red Bull to do a quick tyre change, but also place Verstappen side by side Hamilton and Red Bull taking the win.
But for millions of F1 fans, they need someone to blame and Nicholas Latifi had this to say about how fans reacted to his crash:
“The ensuing hate, abuse, and threats on social media were not really a surprise to me as it’s just the stark reality of the world we live in right now. I’m no stranger to being talked about negatively online, I think every sports person who competes on the world stage knows they’re under extreme scrutiny and this comes with the territory sometimes.
“But as we’ve seen time and time again, across all different sports, it only takes one incident at the wrong time to have things completely blown out of proportion and bring out the worst in people who are so-called ‘fans’ of the sport."
“What shocked me was the extreme tone of the hate, abuse, and even the death threats I received. To the people who don’t understand or don’t agree with that, that’s fine with me. You can have your opinion. But to use those opinions to fuel hatred, abuse and threats of violence, not only to me, but to those closest to me as well, tells me these people are not true fans of the sport.
“Thankfully, I’m comfortable enough in my own skin, and I’ve been in this world long enough that I can do a pretty good job of just letting any negativity wash over me. But I know I’m not alone in thinking that a negative comment always seems to stick out more – and can sometimes be enough to drown out 100 positive ones.”
Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel: Motorsport News on Nicholas Latifi Talks About The Hate He Received From F1 Fans After The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix...
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