Who Is Aidan Louw, Man Responsible For Rocking F1 With Racism Allegations; Link With Lewis Hamilton; Aston Martin

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Formula 1 worker Aidan Louw has stunned the racing world with racism allegations forcing Aston Martin’s F1 team to issue a public clarification. Allegations made by Aidan have once again brought the issue of racism in F1 sport under the spotlight. The development comes just days after a former F1 driver addressed seven-time F1 World Champion Lewis Champion with a racist slur.

Aidan Louw
Photo: Sky News

Who Is Aidan Louw?

25-year-old Aidan was born in South Africa to mixed-race parents. After arriving in the United Kingdom, he worked as a laminator building parts for the cars driven by Sebastian Vettel at the prestigious F1 team’s base next to Silverstone in England. He told Sky News that his began to be subjected to racist abuse after he joined the team as a supplier’s agency contractor in February this year.

“It went from brownie to darkie – I wasn’t referred to as Aidy…or anything like that. I was called n** n** and brownie – that is what I was referred to. It was towards the end of the duration that I had finally processed what was happening,” Aidan told Sky News.

The former F1 worker said that his colleagues at Aston Martin racially abused him on an hourly basis, highlighting the magnitude of racism prevalent in the F1 team.

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Aidan, holds the passports of both South Africa and the United Kingdom due to his dual nationality status, said that he was also mocked for being a gay.

What Did Aston Martic Say?

Aston Martin’s F1 team has issued a statement saying that Aidan was sacked because of bad performance and poor timekeeping. However, Aidan says that his performance and timekeeping began to suffer in light of racist abuses hurled at him by his Aston Martin colleagues.

Aston Martic said in a statement, “We deal with any allegations of this unacceptable behaviour seriously including thoroughly investigating such claims and sanctioning any individual who falls short of our standards.

“In this case, the complainant was rightly believed, his complaints were immediately acted upon and appropriate sanctions were imposed in line with our zero-tolerance policy.

“We are in ongoing discussions with him.”

Sir Lewis Hamilton

Sir Lewis has long raised his voice against racism in motorsport. The racing legend was recently in the news after it emerged that former F1 driver Nelson Piquet used racist terms for Sir Lewis during a podcast.

Reacting to Piquet’s racist abuse, Sir Lewis had tweeted, “It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.

More recently,  Red Bull’s reserve driver Juri Vips was fired after it was found he had sent racist messages online.