Mercedes AMG F1 has fired four workers and its Brackley headquarters after an internal investigation revealed a beach of the team's diversity and equality policy.
According to British tabloid The Sun, the four workers, who were dismissed in early August and apparently worked in the IT department, had engaged in a racist bullying campaign against a Muslin employee
“We condemn this behaviour in the strongest terms and acted immediately upon the complaint," said Mercedes in a statement.
"We value the diversity of our employees and it is a source of strength for our team. Our working environment is based upon appreciation and mutual respect."
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has often underlined the importance of ethics and integrity in the workplace, also insisting that he had "zero tolerance for internal politics".
"It is truly about taking care of the human and their objectives," Wolff said Wolff last year.
"I think it is as simple as it is. We truly care about each other. It is not some kind of tree-hugging sentence that we have read somewhere on a billboard.
"It is the mindset that works in this team and it translates into all areas of the organisation."