Lewis Hamilton condemned Nelson Piquet, three-time Formula One World Champion, for using a racially offensive term in an interview.
Lewis Hamilton condemned Nelson Piquet interview
After last year’s British Grand Prix, where title rivals Hamilton & Max Verstappen collided at Silverstone’s first lap, the 69-year old Brazilian used the insulting term in a podcast in Portuguese. This podcast was discovered this week.
Piquet, the father of Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly, used a racial term about Hamilton and accused him of mishandling the car into the first corner. Piquet said Hamilton was “lucky” that he could continue the race.
On Tuesday, the seven-time world champion stated on Twitter: “It’s not just language. These outdated mindsets must be changed and they have no place in our sport. These attitudes have surrounded me my entire life and I’ve been targeted by them all my life.
F1 also condemned Piquet’s use of the term Tuesday in a statement saying: “Discriminatory and racist language is unacceptable under any circumstances and has no place in society.” Lewis is an outstanding ambassador for our sport, and deserves respect.
“His unfailing efforts to increase diversity, inclusion and equality are a lesson for many, and something that we at F1 are committed to.”
Mercedes, Hamilton’s team issued a statement saying that it “disapproves in the strongest terms” of discriminatory or racist language. Lewis is an advocate for diversity and has been a leader in our sport’s efforts against racism.
“Together we share a vision of a diverse, inclusive motorsport. This incident highlights the fundamental importance to continue striving for a brighter tomorrow.”
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