Nelson Piquet hit with £780,000 fine for racial slur aimed at Hamilton

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Three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet has been fined £780,000 for using racial and homophobic slurs when referring to  Lewis Hamilton.

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”.

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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 (£780,000) 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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