Mercedes and F1 condemn Nelson Piquet’s Lewis Hamilton racial slur

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In an interview from 2021 that surfaced recently, Nelson Piquet used a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes and Formula 1 have issued statements.

In an interview filmed in 2021, while Nelson Piquet was comparing the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the 2021 British Grand Prix, to the famous collision between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, he used a racial slut when referring to Hamilton.

While talking about the incident, Piquet referred to Hamilton using the word “neguinho”, which could be considered a Brazilian equivalent to the “N-word”. According to native Brazilian speakers, when used in a derogatory way, the term is considered to be racist.

When the quote started making the rounds, Formula 1 immediately released a statement condemning such language.

“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society,” the statement read.


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“Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.”

Mercedes also released a similar statement.

“We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist of discriminatory language of any kind,” the statement read.

“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off track.

“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.”

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