A small world of paddocks would be spared such controversy. Nelson Piquet’s racist remarks (1981, world champion 1981, 83 and 87) were exhumed for several hours. They were made last year and relate to Lewis Hamilton due to an accident at the British Grand Prix between a British driver and Max Verstappen, a current friend of Kelly Piquet, the old pilot’s own daughter.
In a video interview on CNN Brasil in November 2021 with journalist Ricardo Oliveira Piquet, he called Hamilton “neguinho” (little black) when he compared the accidents of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1990 at the beginning of the Japanese GP and what happened 31 years later in Silverstone , where the Dutch left and the seven-time world champion won. An excerpt from the interview was published by the Enerto channel, which specializes in motorsport.
“A little black man (Lewis Hamilton) got in the car and drove off, because it was not possible to overtake two cars in that turn. He played dirty. Fortunately for him, only the other (Verstappen) did it. “At the end of the race, racist insults, especially monkey emoticons, appeared on social networks. In the end, the young Dutchman was crowned in the final race in Abu Dhabi and at the same time won his first world title.
British pilot condemns “archaic mentalities”
The driver of Mercedes did not forget to react on his twitter account on Tuesday. ” These are more than words, Brit explains. These are archaic mentalities that need to be changed and that have no place in our sport. I have been surrounded and accused of my whole life by these attitudes. There was a lot of time to learn. It is time to act. »
Formula 1 and the Mercedes team strongly condemned Piquet’s racist remarks: “Discriminatory or racist terms are unacceptable in any form and have no role in society. Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are for many lessons and something we committed to in F1.
On the part of the German producer, the reaction is also clear: “We strongly condemn any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind. Lewis has been at the forefront of our sport’s efforts to combat racism and is a true champion of diversity on and off the track. Together, we share a vision of a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underscores the crucial importance of continuing to fight for a better future. »