Hain is an idiot if he thought Horner’s attack on Hamilton for the crash allowed the “racists an excuse to let fly their evil”. A) They don’t need an excuse. B) Is he suggesting you can no long attack sportsmen of colour?
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I admire Peter Hain. He spoke with passion against apartheid in South Africa when it was easier and more politically safe to stay schtum.
Today as Lord Hain his ability to shape events is at an end which I can only imagine is the reason that he has made a fool of himself by claiming that the reason racists attacked Lewis Hamilton after his crash with Max Verstappen was due to Red Bull boss Christian Horner “intemperate” language.
Horner, who is Verstappen’s boss, said; “it’s dangerous, it looked desperate and he put a competitor, thank goodness, uninjured, in hospital.
“Lewis has more than enough experience to know that this (putting his wheel inside in a corner) is unacceptable.”
Lewis received a 10 second penalty for his actions during the race which he went on to win.
Lord Hain is vice-chairman of the all-party Parliamentary group on Formula One.
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He said; “Racists had an excuse to let fly their vitriol and evil at Lewis after what I thought was a very ill-judged intemperate and plain wrong attack on him Christian Horner.
I am not suggesting Horner was implying anything racist in what he said. He was talking in pure racing terms. Lewis has had to give way before when Max was being aggressive and I think lewis decided that this time he wasn’t going to bullied out of the way.
I hope it was something said in the heat of the moment when Christian was feeling aggrieved but these are moments when is required and not intemperate outbursts.”
That is ridiculous. In effect Hain is saying that you cannot criticise a sports person of colour involved in case the mad racists of the world join in. had there not been a crash he would have received the same amount of abuse.
Horner’s reaction was considered. Had my driver been forced off the track at 180mph with 51G of force and had spent six hours receiving medical treatment for a piece of driving I felt dangerous I would have been considerably more intemperate.
You were just looking for a headline Hain. Please think before you speak again.
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