Lewis Hamilton and F1 condemn Nelson Piquet over ‘racist language’
System One officers have condemned former world champion Nelson Piquet after he used a racial slur towards present driver Lewis Hamilton.
Piquet had referenced the color of Hamilton’s pores and skin with a discriminatory time period whereas talking on a podcast in November.
Hamilton — a seven-time F1 champion — mentioned on Twitter that the phrases have been “greater than language”.
“These archaic mindsets want to alter and don’t have any place in our sport,” he wrote on Tuesday.
“I have been surrounded by these attitudes and focused my complete life. There was loads of time to be taught. Time has come for motion.”
Hamilton additionally tweeted in Portuguese, “Vamos focar em mudar a mentalidade” (“Let’s give attention to altering the mindset”).
His feedback on Twitter got here after each F1 and the Fédération Internationale de l’Car (FIA) had condemned “racist language”.
“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any type and has no half in society,” F1 mentioned in a assertion.
“Lewis is an unbelievable ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to extend range and inclusion are a lesson to many and one thing we’re dedicated to at F1.”
Motorsport’s governing physique additionally expressed “solidarity” with Hamilton on Twitter, including that it “totally helps his dedication to equality, range and inclusion in motorsport.”
Hamilton — the one Black driver in F1 — has campaigned towards racism in motorsport and has been outspoken on human rights abuses.
Hamilton and most drivers took a knee earlier than races in 2020 and 2021 as an anti-racism gesture.
The racially abusive feedback by Piquet had been made on the ‘Enerto’ podcast on YouTube.
The previous three-time Brazilian world champion had been referring to a crash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen throughout final yr’s British Grand Prix.
The collision resulted in Verstappen retiring from the race, whereas Hamilton went on to safe victory.
Chatting with Enerto, Piquet had labelled the incident a “joke” and mentioned Hamilton had been “fortunate” solely Verstappen crashed.
The Dutch driver — who controversially triumphed over Hamilton to win the 2021 F1 World Championship — is at present relationship Piquet’s daughter, Kelly. Piquet was additionally identified for controversial remarks throughout his racing profession.
Hamilton’s Mercedes staff, referred to as the Silver Arrows, switched from silver to an all-black automotive in 2020 to help Hamilton’s efforts to fight racism.
“We condemn within the strongest phrases any use of racist or discriminatory language of any form,” Mercedes mentioned on Twitter.
“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to fight racism, and he’s a real champion of range on and off monitor. Collectively, we share a imaginative and prescient for a various and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the elemental significance of continuous to try for a brighter future.”
Two years in the past, Hamilton had criticised former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone for making “ignorant and uneducated” feedback about racial injustice.