Lewis Hamilton praised Serena Williams for her reaction to a clumsy and appalling attempt at humour by former tennis star Ilie Nastase.

In response to Williams recently revealed pregnancy, Nastase was quoted by British media with the following pun: “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?”

The 35-year-old, who won 23 Grand Slam titles, responded on Instagram to the controversial remark which she labeled as “racist”.

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“Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words…you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I will rise,” she wrote, citing  from a poem American writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

Lewis Hamilton relayed the post on his own Instagram account to his over four million followers.

“I’ve only just heard about it today,” the Brit told the media in Sochi.

“I’m very much with her in what she said and I thought it was beautiful what she wrote, as a powerful independent black woman I just think she’s awesome.

“She’s not only one of the greatest people I know, she’s just a born leader…reading what she’s written just inspires me and hopefully inspires others.”

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