Formula One and Mercedes have condemned racist language used by former world champion Nelson Piquet towards Lewis Hamilton. A video has surfaced in Brazil of the 3 times F1 world champion commentating on the Verstappen/Hamilton crash at Silverstone 2021.
The term Piquet used can be translated “little black child” and is the diminutive form of “negro”.
In the interview with a Brazilian F1 reporter Piquet described the move Hamilton made as “dirty” and was clearly critical of his driving and ‘taking Hamilton out’.
The FIA have responded quickly since TJ13 broke the story earlier today. A statement reads:
“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society. Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect,” it read.
“His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.”
Hamilton’s team Mercedes have also responded:
“We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind,” their statement read.
“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off track.
“Together, we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a brighter future.”
Nelson is the father of Max Verstappen’s girlfriend and Lewis Hamilton fans on social media have called for Red Bull to distance themselves from the Brazilian.
Further additional calls were made for the FIA to name Piquet particularly in their statement.