Kelly Piquet likes a post defending Nelson Piquet despite racial slur against Sir Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet likes a message from a relative of Nelson Piquet defending the former F1 world champion after his use of racist comments against Sir Lewis Hamilton despite being banned from the sport
- Nelson Piquet called Sir Lewis Hamilton a derogatory racist slur on a podcast
- He now faces a full Formula 1 ban unless he issues a public apology
- However, a family member, Rodrigo Piquet, has defended the actions on social media
- His post was revealed to have been liked by Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet
Rodrigo Piquet, a relative of Nelson Piquet, has come to defend the three-time F1 world champion after making racist remarks against Sir Lewis Hamilton – with his social media post then loved by Kelly Piquet, Max Verstappen’s girlfriend.
Piquet called Hamilton the n-word as he referred to the superstar in a podcast last November, after discussing the crash between him and Verstappen at the 2021 British Grand Prix, and is now facing a blanket ban on all Formula Ones. 1 races.
He used the derogatory expression “neguinho” while discussing Hamilton, with the interview recorded in Portuguese. The footage was then uploaded to YouTube in March and translated into English, sparking an uproar on social media.
Piquet, winner of the world title in 1981, 1983 and 1987, suggested that Hamilton deliberately pushed his rival Verstappen off the track and ended his race prematurely.
‘The neginho put the car in the wrong way and didn’t allow it’ [the other driver swerve],’ he said, noting that he is now entering the waters of motorsport.
Nelson Piquet (above) has been convicted after using racist remarks against Sir Lewis Hamilton
Kelly Piquet (left), Max Verstappen’s girlfriend, has liked a post by Rodrigo Piquet defending Nelson despite being banned from Formula 1 if he doesn’t apologize publicly.
‘He made Verstappen dirty’: Piquet’s comments about Hamilton
Nelson Piquet described the incident as a ‘joke’ on the podcast, saying Hamilton was ‘lucky’ that Verstappen crashed alone.
He told Motorsport Talks: ‘The neguinho put the car the wrong way and didn’t let go’ [the other driver swerve]†
“The Neginho put the car wrong on the corner, because you don’t know the corner.
“It’s a very high corner, there’s no way to overtake two cars and there’s no way you can pull the car over.
‘He did [Verstappen] dirty. His luck was that only the other was gone.’
However, Rodrigo has tried to defend the former driver on Instagram.
In an eyebrow-raising post, he revealed that their “second grandmother called us all the n-word,” even claiming it’s a “word of love,” rather than an insulting term.
The flood of comments criticizing his stance has seemingly prompted him to set his account to private, although Kelly Piquet, Nelson’s daughter, liked the upload.
She has been in a relationship with Verstappen for several years and shares a son with Daniil Kvyat.
Commenting on the controversy, Hamilton said: “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 the target all my life. There has been plenty of time to learn. It’s time for action.’
sports post also understands that Piquet may not be allowed back into the paddock if he does not publicly apologize to Hamilton, the seven-time world champion.
Numerous F1 teams and drivers also stood firmly behind Hamilton, while Formula 1 chiefs criticized Piquet’s comments but did not name him.
In a statement, they said: “Discriminating or racist language in any form is unacceptable and has no place in society.
Hamilton (above) was labeled a ‘neguinho’ by Piquet, a derogatory racist statement in Portuguese
Piquet talked about an incident between Verstappen and Hamilton during the British GP
The Brit took to social media to tackle the ‘archaic mindsets’ and push for action
Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect.
“His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to in F1.”
George Russell, Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes, said: “Huge respect for LH.
He has done more for the sport than any driver in history, not only on track but also off it.
“That he and so many others STILL have to deal with this behavior is unacceptable. We must all stand together against any form of discrimination.”
Piquet had been embroiled in ugly outbursts before, after calling Nigel Mansell an “uneducated dunce” and describing his wife Roseanne as “ugly.”
Questioning Senna’s Sexuality and Upsetting Mansell and His Wife: Piquet’s Past Controversies
Ex-driver Piquet has previously made a series of unpleasant comments about his fellow F1 drivers.
He publicly questioned Ayrton Senna’s sexuality during the time they competed, calling his rival “the Sao Paulo taxi driver.”
He also made abusive comments about Nigel Mansell and the Briton’s wife when they were teammates at Williams.
The Brazilian gave an infamous interview to Playboy about his then-teammate, calling Mansell an “uneducated blockhead.”
Piquet also resorted to scornful insults at Mansell’s wife, which he later apologized when legal action was threatened.