Formula 1 says it will raise the “unacceptable” behaviour towards some fans with the promoter of the Austrian Grand Prix.
Several spectators who have been in attendance at the Red Bull Ring this weekend have taken to social media to share experiences of being abused.
This has included homophobic slurs, verbal harassment and unsolicited advances, primarily towards younger female fans.
Responding to the situation Formula 1 issued a statement outlining “we have been made aware of reports that some fans have been subject to completely unacceptable comments by others at the event.
“We have raised this with the promoter and security and will be speaking to those who have reported these incidents and are taking this very seriously.
“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated and all fans should be treated with respect.”
Fan behaviour has come under the spotlight in recent events amid the booing of certain drivers and the cheering of others when they crashed.
Lewis Hamilton criticised fans who booed Max Verstappen at Silverstone and then blasted those who cheered his accident during qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.
His team boss, Toto Wolff, also weighed in on the situation.
“I think we need to speak more to the fans that cheering when a car is in the wall, or booing for a driver that gives an interview, it’s not that we would do with our competitors and enemies even if you think we would have some animosity out there,” he said.
“No one should do it. We need to [work] collectively with F1, to educate people.”