Nicholas Latifi reveals death threats since impacting F1 finale between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

The Canadian was mistreated after his crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix resulted in a chaotic end to the title race; Latifi crashed into a wall with five laps to go, sending the safety car out, while Lewis Hamilton was in command; Verstappen then overtook Hamilton for the title

Last updated: 21/12/21 22:26

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A huge drama when Nicholas Latifi goes against the barriers during the Abu Dhabi GP

A huge drama when Nicholas Latifi goes against the barriers during the Abu Dhabi GP

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi has revealed that he has received death threats in the wake of the controversial Formula 1 season finale.

The Canadian was mistreated after his crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix resulted in a chaotic end to the title race.

The 26-year-old crashed into a wall with five laps to go, sending the safety car out, while Lewis Hamilton was leading.

It allowed Max Verstappen to pit for fresher tires and eventually overtake Hamilton to win the Drivers’ Championship after FIA race director Michal Masi called to allow the five lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to free themselves.

Nicholas Latifi says he had to cancel Twitter and Instagram after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ended

Nicholas Latifi says he had to cancel Twitter and Instagram after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ended

Latifi wrote on his website on Tuesday: “Going back to the race weekend, as soon as the checkered flag fell, I knew how things were going on social media.

“The fact that I felt it would have been better to delete Instagram and Twitter from my phone for a few days says everything we need to know about how cruel the online world can be.

“The hatred, abuse and threats that come with it on social media have not really come as a surprise to me as it is just the harsh reality of the world we live in right now.

“I’m no stranger to the negative talk of online, I think every sportsman competing on the world stage knows they are under extreme scrutiny and that sometimes comes with the territory.

Bec Clancy, auto racing correspondent at The Times, says the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi

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Bec Clancy, auto racing correspondent at The Times, says F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi “was a disaster” as Max Verstappen won the world title after overtaking controversial Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.

Bec Clancy, auto racing correspondent at The Times, says F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi “was a disaster” as Max Verstappen won the world title after overtaking controversial Lewis Hamilton on the final lap.

“But as we have seen over and over, in all different sports, it only takes one accident at the wrong time to see things completely blown out of proportion and bring out the worst in people who are the so-called ‘fans’ of the sport.

“What shocked me was the extreme tone of the hatred, abuse and even death threats I received.

Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP aboard the cars of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and listen to the team's radios, including Hamilton stating the race was

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Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and listen to the team’s radios, including Hamilton stating that the race was “manipulated”

Experience the incredible conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and listen to the team’s radios, including Hamilton stating that the race was “manipulated”

“For people who don’t understand or disagree with this, that’s okay with me. You can have your opinion. But use those opinions to fuel hatred, abuse and threats of violence, not just me, but those too. closer to me, they tell me that these people are not true fans of this sport.

“Thankfully, I feel comfortable enough in my own skin, and I’ve been in this world long enough that I can do a good job letting any negativity overwhelm me.

“But I know I’m not alone in thinking that one negative comment always seems to stand out more and can sometimes be enough to cover 100 positive comments.”

Latifi receives support from the F1 community

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