Piquest had used racist language in the direction of Lewis Hamilton in a Brazilian podcast final 12 months.© AFP
Nelson Piquet was on Thursday suspended as an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) for his use of racist language in the direction of Lewis Hamilton in a Brazilian podcast final 12 months. The BRDC, a non-profit organisation, which owns the Silverstone circuit that hosts this weekend’s British Grand Prix, mentioned in an announcement that Piquet’s language was inappropriate and unacceptable.
“The BRDC board of directors has noted that, in a Brazilian podcast last November, Nelson Piquet Senior, an honorary member of the BRDC, described Lewis Hamilton using a racially offensive expression in Portuguese,” mentioned the assertion.
“The apology issued yesterday by Mr Piquet Sr has also been noted.
“In view of the BRDC’s zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of any act involving or suggesting racism, the BRDC board has concluded that Mr Piquet Sr’s use of racially offensive language to explain a fellow BRDC member (and seven-times world champion) is unacceptable and represents conduct that’s wholly inappropriate for an honorary member of the BRDC, however his subsequent apology.
“Accordingly, we have advised Mr Piquet Sr that his membership has been suspended with immediate effect.”
Piquet’s suspension follows a Formula One choice that the 69-year-old three-time champion will now not be welcome within the paddock at future occasions.
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