Shocking footage emerges of Nelson Piquet calling Lewis Hamilton the N-word
Formula 1 has criticized three-time world champion Nelson Piquet for using racist comments to describe Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Piquet, 69, used the N-word while referring to the seven-time world champion on a Brazilian podcast.
The former driver, who won the world title in 1981, 83 and 87, talked about the accident between Hamilton and Max Verstappen on the first round of last year’s British Grand Prix.
The opening lap ended abruptly for the Red Bull driver, 24, after colliding with his championship rival at Silverstone’s infamous Copse corner.
Mercedes driver Hamilton, 37, was given a 10-second penalty for the incident but won the race and narrowed his points deficit for Verstappen.
An F1 statement said: ‘Discriminating or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no place in society.
Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect.
Nelson Piquet has been verbally abused by Formula 1 bosses after the comments came to light. He had spoken on a Brazilian podcast about an incident between Max Verstappen and the seven-time world champion
Sir Lewis Hamilton has been a strong supporter of racism and part of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Piquet, 69, used the racist insult as he referred to the seven-time world champion
The Brazilian ex-driver talked about an incident between Red Bull’s Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, pictured, during last year’s British Grand Prix. The pair collided on the opening lap of the race at Silverstone, finishing the Dutchman’s race
Lewis, pictured in Malibu on Sunday, was seen catching some waves ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend. F1 described him as a ‘true champion of diversity on and off the track’ in their statement calling Piquet . convicts
“His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to in F1.”
Brazilian Piquet described the incident as a “joke” on the podcast, saying Hamilton was “lucky” that Verstappen crashed alone.
He used an expletive while expressing his opinion that Hamilton had made a mistake by hitting the Dutch driver and ending his race.
Verstappen was sent against the guardrails on the side of the track with a force of 52G and had to be taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
When asked about the November crash, Piquet suggested Hamilton pushed Verstappen off the track on purpose.
This weekend’s British Grand Prix marks a year since the heated incident, one in a series between the two championship rivals who battled for last year’s world title.
The battle for the championship ended in controversy at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which Verstappen won his first world title on the final lap of the race.
In a statement, Mercedes said: “We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind.
Lewis has been at the forefront of our sport’s efforts to fight racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off the track.
The seven-time world champion previously clashed with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over ‘ignorant’ comments. Ecclestone previously said he would ban Formula 1 drivers from kneeling before races and prevent them from wearing anti-racism T-shirts on the podium
Mercedes has raced in black for the past two seasons as “a stance against racism and discrimination in all forms”. Sir Lewis has been a huge mainstay in getting more diversity in sport
Ecclestone, 91, has insisted Hamilton “misunderstood” his opinion, but he is “entitled to his opinion” about the need for more opportunities in the sport. He added that he believes Hamilton is being ‘used’ by the Black Lives Matter movement
“Together we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underscores the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a better future.”
Mercedes has raced in black for the past two seasons as “a stance against racism and discrimination in all forms and a public pledge to further enhance the diversity of our team and our sport.”
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) added: “The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behavior that has no place in sport or wider society.
“We express our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and fully support his commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motorsport.”
Piquet, whose daughter Kelly Piquet is in a relationship with Verstappen, has previously made a series of unpleasant statements about other drivers.
During his racing career, he publicly questioned Ayrton Senna’s sexuality, 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.
It is not the first time Hamilton has been the target of racial abuse, having previously clashed with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over his ‘ignorant’ comments.
Piquet, pictured with Frank Williams, made abusive comments about Nigel Mansell and the Briton’s wife when they were teammates at Williams
Ecclestone said he was “surprised” that Hamilton was concerned about racial abuse he had endured in his career, before saying that “black people are more racist than white people”. Hamilton revealed the racist abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface
Piquets daughter Kelly, pictured after last year’s Abi Dhabi Grand Prix, is dating Dutch driver Max Verstappen. He described the incident as a ‘joke’ on the podcast, saying Hamilton was ‘lucky’ that Verstappen crashed alone
Ecclestone, 91, has insisted Hamilton “misunderstood” his opinion, but he is “entitled to his opinion” about the need for more chances.
He previously said he would ban Formula 1 drivers from kneeling before races and prevent them from wearing anti-racism T-shirts on the podium.
The motorsport magnate took aim at the politicization of the sport last year, claiming Formula 1 is not racist and that he believes Hamilton is being ‘used’ by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ecclestone said he was “surprised” that Hamilton was concerned about racial abuse he had endured in his career, before saying that “black people are more racist than white people”.
Following their public spat on social media, Ecclestone said Formula 1 is “open to everyone”, regardless of race or religion.
Hamilton revealed the racist abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface.