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F1 Condemn Nelson Piquet's Racially Abusive Language Towards Lewis Hamilton

F1 Condemn Nelson Piquet's Racially Abusive Language Towards Lewis Hamilton
By Luke Delaney Updated

Nelson Piquet has faced backlash over his comments on Lewis Hamilton where he used a racially aggravated term when discussing the Mercedes driver in a podcast. Piquet is a former three-time World Champion after winning in 1981, 1983 and 1987.

Footage of Piquet's comments from last November have emerged ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix. In last year's Grand Prix at Silverstone, Verstappen and Hamilton collided wheel to wheel, resulting in Red Bull's Verstappen crashing out of the race during the very first lap.

Lewis Hamilton received a penalty for his role in the collision. Verstappen ended up being crowned champion after a controversial final lap in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

F1 themselves have responded to the footage of Nelson Piquet. In a statement, they said:

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"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.

"His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1."

Mercedes have also been quick to condemn Piquet and show their support to Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes said in their statement:

"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 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."

Piquet who is the father of Max Verstappen's partner Kelly, said that Hamilton had been "lucky" that Verstappen only crashed and described the incident as a "joke". He then went on to use a swear word in describing Hamilton's mistake.

Figures from the F1 world react to Nelson Piquet

It's not the first time that Nelson Piquet has been involved in controversy. Back in his driving days, he publically questioned Ayrton Senna's sexuality and called him the "Sao Paulo taxi driver".

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He also made offensive comments about Nigel Mansell and his wife during his time at Williams.

Lewis Hamilton has responded to Piquet's comments and tweeted this earlier today.

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