Lewis Hamilton comments on Nelson Piquet’s almost million dollar fine

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Last week it was announced that Nelson Piquet has been fined $953,050 for using racial and homophobic slurs when referring to Lewis Hamilton. Lewis gives his first comments.

Back in 2022, a video of three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet using a racial slur against Lewis Hamilton came out, a later a new video emerged of the Brazilian using a racial and a homophobic slur when referring to the Briton in a different interview.

In the first interview, Piquet referred to Hamilton using the word “neguinho”, which could be considered a Brazilian equivalent to the “N-word”.

In the second interview, while discussing his rivalry with 1982 F1 champion Keke Rosberg, Piquet dismissed Rosberg as being “s*it” and then started berating his son, 2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg, by saying he thinks in 2016 “the ‘neguinho’ [Hamilton] was giving more his a** at that time, he was kind of bad”.

What caused even more controversy is the fact that Piquet is the father of Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly.

Later in 2022 a Brazilian judge ordered an investigation to be opened regarding Nelson Piquet’s slurs, and he has now been fined five million Brazilian reals ($953,050 or £778,846) for moral damages.

As a sidenote, ahead of the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis officially became a honorary citizen of Brazil in a special ceremony at Brazil’s Congress chamber.

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Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis was asked to give his comments on the hefty fine.

“Back when it happened I made comments on it,” Hamilton said.

“I still believe that we generally shouldn’t be giving people that are just full of hate a platform.

“I’d like to acknowledge the Brazil government. I think it’s pretty amazing what they have done in holding someone accountable, showing people that it’s not tolerated.

“Racism and homophobia is not acceptable and there is no place for it within our society. I love that they have shown that they stand for something.

“I wish that more governments out there would do that, such as you’ve just seen in Uganda, and there are other countries in Africa and the Middle East.

“There’s a lot of that can be learned from that,” the Briton concluded.

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