Williams driver Nicholas Latifi revealed on Tuesday that he had acquired dying threats over his function within the controversial end to this year’s Formula One season on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sped previous Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap on 12 December to clinch his first title and deny his British rival a document eighth crown.
Nicholas Latifi crashed into wall which resulted in a security automotive
Canada’s Latifi crashed right into a wall with 5 laps left, which led to the deployment of the protection automotive. That gave Verstappen time to pit for brisker tyres, enabling him to overhaul Hamilton when the race was restarted.
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Mercedes withdrew an enchantment however crew boss Toto Wolff mentioned Hamilton, who had been cruising in the direction of victory, had been “robbed” of the world championship.
Nicholas Latifi mentioned he had been braced for a torrent of abuse.
“Going back to the race weekend, as soon as the chequered flag dropped, I knew how things were likely to play out on social media,” the 26-year-old wrote on his website.
“The fact that I felt it would be best if I deleted Instagram and Twitter on my phone for a few days says all we need to know about how cruel the online world can be.
“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.”
Nicholas Latifi mentioned he was shocked by 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,” he mentioned.
“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.”
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