Lewis Hamilton was the victim of racist abuse online after winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday, British media reported.
The seven-time world champion celebrated the eighth record in the race after defending a 10-second penalty for a first-round clash that landed crowned champion Max Verstappen in hospital.
Sky Sports reported that Hamilton, 36, was targeted for hours online after the victory, with racist messages along with monkey emoji sent in response to letters from his Mercedes team on Instagram.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, did not immediately respond to Reuters’s request for comment.
Hamilton has been a major advocate for social justice and among supporters of the “Black Life” movement.
Hamilton is signing for two more years with the Mercedes F1 team
He said before the race he was inspired by the impact of English footballers on racist violence after their loss of penalties to Italy in the Europa League final.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with social media companies last week to urge them to step up the fight against cyberbullying.