Lewis Hamilton, F1 condemn Nelson Piquet’s racial slur in interview after 2021 British Grand Prix


Nelson Piquet, a three-time Formula One world champion, has come under fire from Lewis Hamilton for referring to him in an interview in a racial manner.

After last year’s British Grand Prix, when championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed on the opening lap at Silverstone, the 69-year-old Brazilian used the pejorative word in a podcast recorded in Portuguese. This week, word of the podcast surfaced.

Piquet, the father of Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly, used a racial slur when criticizing Hamilton for how he handled the first corner of the race. Hamilton was “fortunate” to stay in the race, Piquet continued.


It’s more than words, the seven-time world champion wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. These outdated viewpoints must shift because they have no place in our sport. My entire life, these attitudes and targets have been all around me.

“Learning has had plenty of time. The moment has come to act.

“Let’s focus on altering the mindset,” he added in a tweet in Portuguese.


In a statement that read: “Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no place in society,” Formula One also denounced the phrase used by Piquet on Tuesday. Lewis is a fantastic representative of our sport and deserves admiration.

His relentless efforts to promote diversity and inclusiveness are an inspiration to many, and F1 is dedicated to continuing them.

Mercedes, Hamilton’s team, also released a statement that read, “We condemn in the harshest terms any use of racist or discriminatory rhetoric of any sort.” Lewis has led the fight against prejudice in our sport, and he truly champions diversity both on and off the track.


Together, we have a goal of creating a diverse and welcoming motorsport, and this incident highlights how crucial it is to keep working toward a better future.

This weekend, Formula One makes a stop at Silverstone.


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