Formula One branded a racist time period utilized by three-time world champion Nelson Piquet in opposition to Lewis Hamilton as “unacceptable” on Tuesday. The 69-year-old Brazilian, who gained the world title in 1981, 1983 and 1987, used a racially offensive time period when referring to Hamilton on a Brazilian podcast. “Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society,” Formula One mentioned in an announcement.
“Lewis is an incredible 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 body the FIA also spoke out in “solidarity” with Hamilton.
“The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behavior, which don’t have any place in sport or wider society,” the FIA said in a statement.
“We categorical our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and totally assist his dedication to equality, range and inclusion in motor sport.”
Piquet was discussing an accident between Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the first lap of last year’s British Grand Prix when he used the term.
His daughter, Kelly, is Verstappen’s partner.
Hamilton, the only black driver on the grid, has been an outspoken campaigner for greater diversity in the sport.
The seven-time world champion regularly displayed “black lives matter” on his apparel and took the knee before races in the 2020 season following the murder of George Floyd in the USA.
“We condemn within the strongest phrases any use of racist or discriminatory language of any variety,” Mercedes, Hamilton’s team, said in a statement.
“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to fight racism, and he’s a real champion of range on and off monitor.
“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.”
Hamilton is again in motion on house soil this weekend for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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