Red Bull confirms exit of employee behind racist texts

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Red Bull confirms exit of employee behind racist texts

Red Bull Racing has confirmed that an unnamed employee linked to racist text messages is no longer working with the team.

The extensive messaging exchanges using racist language were posted on social media earlier this week, prompting a rapid response from the team management.

"As publicly acknowledged last week we condemn racist abuse of any kind and have a zero-tolerance policy to racist behaviour within our organisation." a Red Bull spokesperson said.

"The person in question is no longer an employee of Red Bull Racing," the official statement added, which also confirmed that the individual in question was not a high-profile member of the trackside team

"We will not be commenting further at this stage," it concluded.

The images of text messages showed various posts with offensive language, which were sent across a period of time over a number of different dates earlier this year.

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton was the target of online racial abuse after the British Grand Prix after his first lap clash with Max Verstappen which put the Red Bull driver out of the race.

At the time, Red Bull made it clear that it opposed any such attacks.

“While we may be fierce rivals on-track, we are all united against racism,” the team said. "We condemn any form of racist abuse towards our team, our competitors and our fans."

“As a team we are disgusted and saddened to witness the racist abuse Lewis endured on social media after the collision with Max. There is never any excuse for it, there is certainly no place for it in our sport and those responsible should be held accountable.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner made it clear that "we have a zero tolerance approach to racist behaviour within our team.

"I personally feel strongly that those responsible for this sort of abuse should be held to account," he said, adding that "highly charged emotions should never cross the line into racist abuse.”

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Hamilton confident of further improvement in hot Hungary

Lewis Hamilton was pleased to be part of Mercedes 1-2 in Friday afternoon practice at the Hungaroring despite... The post Hamilton confident of further improvement in hot Hungary appeared first on F1i.com.

Hamilton confident of further improvement in hot Hungary

Lewis Hamilton was pleased to be part of Mercedes 1-2 in Friday afternoon practice at the Hungaroring despite scorching temperatures.

Hamilton was second quickest in FP2, just 0.027s behind Valtteri Bottas with the pair almost three tenths ahead of their closest rival Max Verstappen who had topped the morning times.

"[It was] roasting today," Hamilton told F1TV after the end of the second one-hour session in Budapest ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. "I think I probably lost three kilos today between the sessions."

His team mate Valtteri Bottas agreed about the searing conditions, commenting that "It is like being in a Finnish sauna!"

And it's not just a matter of driver comfort, with the conditions having a major impact on the tyres and the performance of the car on track.

"Just melting the tyres out there, so it was quite hard to get the balance," explained Hamilton.

"There's a lot of sliding around because we're just overheating once we leave the pit lane, but everyone's in the same boat," he added. "It doesn't really feel great out there in terms of the grip.

"These tyres are not happy most of the time anyways. They definitely don't like this temperature," he acknowledged. "Of course it’s much nicer to drive when it’s cooler.

“It's quite different to the last race we were at, where everyone was struggling with front tyres.

"They’re a different beast this year and it’s different each race you go to. That’s been an interesting process trying to understand."

Both Red Bull drivers were also complaining about balance issues after lunch, and Hamilton was pleased that Mercedes had been quicker getting on top of the problems.

"To see Valtteri and I both on the front row pace wise, I think that's great for the team and we'll only improve on that.

"We've got some work to do tonight to try and see how we can finesse the car a little bit more, but it's a good start.

"I'm optimistic with extreme temperatures right now," he continued. "We can definitely improve the car balance wise, and if we can do that then it puts us in a better position for the race."

Bottas said that the hot weather made more of an impact on Friday with shorter runs interrupted by visits to pit lane for fresh tyres.

“It’s sweaty, but out on track at least you get a bit of air," he said. "You are stopping mid-runs, you get the heat, and then it really is way more than 60 or 70 degrees in the cockpit.

"It makes it quite tricky with the tyres, obviously, overheating, but honestly, it didn’t look or feel too bad compared to the others, so I don’t think it’s a bad start for us.”

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