Twitter was up in blaze after a video surfaced of former Formula 1 champion Nelson Piquet used the N word in regards to 7 time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. A video that surfaced online showed Piquet doing an interview where he was questioned about Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s title challenge last season.
He was asked if the scenario was just like his years ago with another Formula 1 legend, the late Ayrton Senna. Piquet said that it was but Senna didn’t storm out of the car like Hamilton did after Verstappen won.
It was here that Piquet labeled Hamilton a little ngga. He further said that the little ngga (Hamilton) intentionally tried to push Verstappen off driving lane.
These remarks were not taken lightly by Hamilton and other people who came out after Piquet criticizing his insensitivity and racism. For those who were defending Piquet that what he said is acceptable in Brazilian culture, Hamilton said that this is more than language.
He added that he has been targeted with racism his whole life and yet such actions have no place in the sport. Hamilton added that there is time to learn and actions need to be taken strongly agaisnt such incidents.
The F1 also issued a strong statement condemning Piquet’s words. It said that discrimination or any form of racism is intolerable in the sport. Besides Hamilton has been and is a great ambassador of the sport.
His efforts towards diversity and inclusion is something that they appreciate him of and the F1 is also committed to it.
His team Mercedes-Benz also came out in strong solidarity with him hailing the British driver as a champion of fighting against racism and any form of discrimination.