After several users reported sexist and homophobic comments on social media during the Austrian Grand Prix, Formula One has now reacted with a statement.

Formula One is seeking clarification following reports on social media of racist, homophobic and sexist insults among fans at Spielberg. A statement on Sunday spoke of “totally unacceptable comments” at the Austrian Grand Prix. “We take these matters very seriously,” it continued.

Shortly afterwards, record world champion Lewis Hamilton also spoke out. He said he was “disgusted and disappointed to hear that some fans have been subjected to racist, homophobic and generally offensive behaviour”. Attending a Formula One race should never be a trigger for “fear and pain”, he said.

Formula One says it is already in contact with the organiser and the security service. The motorsport kingpin also announced talks with the people who reported the incidents.

Hamilton also wondered about Verstappen fans

“We can’t sit back and allow this to continue,” demanded Hamilton, who had also already expressed irritation and disappointment that fans of Dutch world championship leader Max Verstappen, who had travelled to Styria in their tens of thousands, had clapped when Hamilton crashed in qualifying.

The weekend before, again Verstappen had been booed at Hamilton’s home race at Silverstone. “We love the fans, we want them to be there, we want them to be emotional and passionate, but it shouldn’t be personal,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff stressed at Spielberg.

And Verstappen told the British newspaper “The Guardian” about booing supporters and the exciting world championship battle: “These people are not real Formula 1 fans. They can’t really appreciate what’s happening right now.”