Ferrari, Aston Martin, the FIA and more condemn Nelson Piquet’s racial slur

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Several Formula 1 teams, the FIA and F1 journalists have expressed their solidarity with Lewis Hamilton after Nelson Piquet used a racial slur when referring to him.

After an audio clip of three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson Piquet using a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamilton came to light, Formula 1 and the Mercedes F1 team were the first to condemn such language.

The FIA also joins in and expresses its support of Hamilton.

“The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behavior, which have no place in sport or wider society,” the FIA’s statement read.

“We express our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and fully support his commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motor sport.”

Ferrari also expressed their support, writing: “We stand alongside F1, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes against any form of discrimination.”

Aston Martin joined in, writing: “We stand with [Lewis Hamilton] and all those around the world affected by racism or discrimination of any kind. There is no room for this abhorrent behaviour in our sport or society.”

F1 journalist Matt Bishop was even more open, with a direct condemnation of Piquet.


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“I worked with Lewis Hamilton very closely for 5 years when he & I were at McLaren,” the Briton wrote.

“He’s an absolutely brilliant F1 driver & a truly great man. He does a huge amount for diversity & inclusivity.

“By contrast Nelson Piquet Sr. disgusts me. #WeRaceAsOne. That’s it. That’s the tweet,” he concluded.

F1 official presented Will Buxton also condemned the language used.

“Condemnation needs to be swift and absolute,” Buxton wrote.

“There is no reason or excuse. It’s not a language thing. There is only one translation and understanding of that word.

“I’ve seen the clip and won’t repost it. Abhorrent,” he concluded.

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