Nelson Piquet has known as for a case in Brazil’s federal court docket after allegations of racist and homophobic language

The fees, introduced by human rights teams, demand that Piquet pay 10 million Brazilian reals (£1.56 million) for allegedly inflicting ethical hurt to black and LGBTQ+ folks; footage emerged of Piquet utilizing homophobic slurs together with racially offensive language towards Lewis Hamilton

Final up to date: 12/07/22 7:30 AM


A Brazilian decide on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations that retired Method One driver Nelson Piquet used racist and homophobic slurs at Lewis Hamilton.

The cost was introduced by 4 human rights teams who need three-time world champion Piquet to pay 10m Brazilian reals (£1.56m) for allegedly inflicting ethical hurt to black and LGBTQ+ folks.

Piquet has 15 days to current his case to Felipe Costa da Fonseca Gomes, decide of the Distrito Federal Court docket. He didn’t reply to a request for remark from The Related Press.

An interview with the Brazilian surfaced final yr by which he used a racially offensive time period in Portuguese twice in reference to Hamilton.

The 69-year-old mentioned the collision between Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the course of the 2021 British GP, with the feedback re-emerging on social media forward of the primary anniversary of the crash.

” [racist term] put his automobile there to hit him on function,” Piquet mentioned.

Piquet, later requested if he felt Hamilton would not do the Copse nook, replied: “Him? By no means!

“He needed to get her out, regardless of the fee [racist term] left the automobile there to catch him.

“That is as a result of you do not know that nook. It’s totally quick and two vehicles cannot go. There isn’t any approach two vehicles can go aspect by aspect there. It was a grimy trick!

“He is simply fortunate the one different man obtained fucked.”

This led to widespread condemnation from throughout the F1 paddock, Method 1 and the FIA, with Hamilton himself calling for motion and stressing that “archaic methods of pondering have to alter and haven’t any place in our sport”.

Hamilton personally gave an impassioned and dignified response to Piquet’s feedback forward of the British GP.

“I have been on the receiving finish of racism, criticism, negativity, archaic narratives and undertones of discrimination for an extended, very long time and it is nothing significantly new to me,” mentioned the seven-time F1 champion. “It is extra in regards to the larger image.

“I do not know why we proceed to offer these older voices a platform.

Lewis Hamilton responds to Nelson Piquet's comments and thinks motorsport shouldn't

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Lewis Hamilton responds to Nelson Piquet’s feedback and thinks ‘older voices’ shouldn’t be given a platform in motorsport as they don’t signify the bulk

Lewis Hamilton responds to Nelson Piquet’s feedback and thinks ‘older voices’ shouldn’t be given a platform in motorsport as they don’t signify the bulk

“They speak about our sport and we need to go someplace fully completely different. If we need to develop within the USA, in different nations or in South Africa, we’ve to look to the long run and provides a platform to younger individuals who signify extra in the present day.

“It isn’t nearly one individual, it is not one use of the time period, it is a larger image.”

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Lewis Hamilton opens up about how he coped with abuse and shares recommendation for kids who could also be going by comparable conditions

Lewis Hamilton opens up about how he coped with abuse and shares recommendation for kids who could also be going by comparable conditions

The day earlier than Hamilton spoke, Piquet had issued his personal assertion, desirous to “set the file straight”.

He apologized “sincerely” to Hamilton however “strongly condemns any suggestion” he racially abused his fellow F1 world champion, claiming his feedback had been misinterpreted.

“What I mentioned was poorly thought out and I am not defending it,” Piquet mentioned.

“Nonetheless, I make clear that the time period used is one which has been broadly and traditionally utilized in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘man’ or ‘individual’ and was by no means meant to offend.

“I’d by no means use the phrase that I’ve been accused of in any translation. I strongly condemn any suggestion that I used the phrase to denigrate the chief due to the colour of his pores and skin.

“I apologize from the underside of my coronary heart to everybody affected, together with Lewis, who’s an unbelievable driver, however the translation in a few of the media that’s at the moment circulating on social media is just not right.

“Discrimination has no place in F1 or in society and I’m completely happy to elucidate my ideas on this.”

Additional footage additionally emerged of Piquet utilizing homophobic slurs and racially offensive language towards Hamilton when he spoke on a podcast final yr.

Talking on the podcast, Piquet mentioned: “Keke (Rosberg) was garbage. He is nugatory. His son received the championship.”

Requested if he was referring to Nicole, he mentioned of Hamilton: ” [racist term] was presupposed to be [perceived homophobic slur] at the moment. He was fairly dangerous.”

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