The Formula One legend, 36, secured his eighth win on home soil following a crash with rival Max Verstappen, 23, on the opening lap of Sunday’s race.
The 190mph-collision led to the Dutchman having to drop out and Hamilton going on to seize the trophy.
Verstappen later called Hamilton"disrespectful" and "unsportsmanlike" for celebrating the win while he lay in hospital, and the fallout clearly riled up a lot of hate-fuelled commentators. They responded by directing a racist deluge at the 36-year-old online.
It is understood the abhorrent comments came from a number of countries and started in response to posts from both Formula One and Mercedes’ social media platforms.
On Monday, Mercedes, F1 and its governing body the FIA issued a joint statement condemning the harassment, saying: “During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision.
“Formula One, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
“These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
“Formula One, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.”
Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms. These… https://t.co/Rjk5TqlBLM
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff later told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We have seen it in the football at the European Championship and the abuse is absolutely not acceptable, and it is the same yesterday.
“I still question whether some just don’t get it. This is not acceptable and we will react to it.”
Meanwhile, scores of Twitter users united in condemnation of the vitriol. Here’s what they had to say:
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