Nelson Piquet: Teams rally around Lewis Hamilton after Brazilian insults F1 driver


Verstappen is dating Piquet’s daughter, Kelly.

The racist term was used by the three-time F1 world champion in November last year but only recently came to light when the interview was published on Monday.

Hamilton “put the car in and left it there because there was no way two cars could get through that corner. He did a dirty trick. Luckily for him, only the other driver [Verstappen] got screwed,” Piquet said in a Portuguese-language interview with Motorsports Talk.

On Tuesday, Hamilton responded to Piquet’s comments in a series of posts on Twitterwriting “Vamos focar em mudar a mentalidade” – Portuguese for “Let’s focus on changing mentality”.

Hamilton, who has the most race wins in F1 history, said “now is the time to act” against racism.

“It’s more than language. It’s archaic mentalities [that] need to change and have no place in our sport”, Hamilton said on Twitter. “I have been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted all my life. There has been a lot of time to learn. The time has come to act.”

Piquet’s comments were widely condemned in the sport.

“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no role in society,” F1 said in a statement on Twitter. “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 we are committed to F1.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes team also condemned the comments.

“We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind. Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity. on and off the track,” the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team said in a statement.

“Together we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underscores the fundamental importance of continuing to fight for a better future.”

Meanwhile, motorsport governing body the FIA ​​underlined its support for “Hamilton’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motorsport”.

“The FIA ​​strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behaviour, which has no place in sport or in society in general,” he added. added.




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