After audio of three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson Piquet using a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamiton came to light, the whole Formula 1 world went into an uproar.
Piquet used the Brazilian slur “neguinho” when referring to Hamilton in his analysis of the Briton’s 2021 collision with Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.
The slur is a Brazilian equivalent to the “N-word”, and according to native Brazilian speakers, when used in a derogatory way, the term is considered to be racist.
Well, Nelson’s relative Rodrigo came to his defence with a pretty strange explanation for the use of the word. He posted a picture of an elderly woman on Instagram and wrote:
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“Inacinha, our second grandmother and the mother of my father and the soul and heart of my uncle,” Rodrigo wrote.
“She called all of us that [neguinho]. It’s not like that, but it’s about love.
“Hypocritical world,” he concluded.
Once Rodrigo’s explanation began to get ridiculed by other users, he limited his account, but before that it was visible that the post was liked by Nelson’s daughter Kelly.
Kelly, of course, is the girlfriend of Max Verstappen, the person involved in the collision with Hamilton, which Piquet was originally commenting on.
This whole story is getting stranger and stranger.