Hamilton calls Nelson Piquet “archaic” after racial slur. Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton has responded to the news today that Nelson Piquet called him “a little black boy”. A video has emerged of Piquet recording a podcast in November 2021 where he slated Hamilton for his move on Verstappen at the 2021 British GP. The Brazilian used the word “neguinho” which is the diminutive form of “negro”. Today, Lewis Hamilton responds strongly to the story.
Nelson Piquet further criticised Hamilton for making a “dirty” move on Verstappen and stated he was “lucky Max wasn’t seriously injured. Lewis was penalised for the incident by the race stewards with a time penalty but went on to win the race.
This weekend Christian Horner is hoping for “justice” after what Red Bull believed was a deliberate attempt by Hamilton to take Max Verstappen out.
Following news of Piquet’s racial slur, one Hamilton fan posted on Twitter:
What if Lewis Hamilton just tweeted ‘Who the fuck is Nelson Piquet?’ then closed twitter
— Harry (@formularaducanu) June 28, 2022
Hamilton replied, “indeed”, then added in Portugese, “vamos focar em mudar a mentalidade,” which translates “let’s focus on changing the mindset.”
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 targeted my whole life. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 28, 2022
The FIA, F1 and the Mercedes team have condemned the Brazilian 3 times WDC with F1 tweeting,
“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 at F1.”
However, social media commentators have called on Red Bull to do so too.
Max Verstappen is dating Nelson Piquet’s daughter and Nelson has on occasion been a guest in the Red Bull garage.
Piquet has form for upsetting others. During an intense battle with Nigel Mansell his team mate for a WDC piquet remarked to reporters, “Mansell is argumentative, he’s rude and he’s got a really ugly wife. He’s arrogant, and after he started winning races he started treating everyone really badly. Besides which, he’s written off piles of cars. No one wanted him to win.”
Nelson Piquet has refused to comment despite being approached by CNN.