Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton said he was inspired by the reaction of English soccer players to online abuse following their loss on penalties to Italy in the European Championship final. The Mercedes driver, who was preparing for his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, agreed with winger Jadon Sancho, who posted on social media that public reaction was that “hate will never win”.

Substitutes Marcus Rashford, Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed point kicks, while the three black players were later racially insulted. “Love beats everything,” said Hamilton, the only black driver in Formula 1.

“We still have a long way to go, we have to grow from these experiences, but I was really very proud of how the English team did and how they handled it as a team, all from different backgrounds.” Players in the line of fire. How they handled it, hats off to them. Incredibly inspiring.

“So many people across the country have given us massive support. We are a proud nation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep learning, ”he added. Hamilton is chasing a record eighth win at Silverstone, but is 32 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after nine races.

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