Three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet (and father of Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly) has used a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamilton, while commenting on his 2021 British Grand Prix collision with Max.
An clip from an interview with Nelson Piquet, conducted by Brazilian journalist Ricardo Oliveira, is currently making the rounds, and in it Piquet uses a racial slur to describe Lewis Hamilton.
The interview in question was filmed in 2021, and the slur was used while 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.
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.
A rough translation of what Piquet said would go like this:
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“The little [neguinho] put the car in and didn’t let [Verstappen turn],” the Brazilian said.
“The little [neguinho] put the car there, because there was no way for two cars to pass on that corner. He payed dirty. Lucky for him, only the other one got f****d.”
“He did a lot of dirty work,” Piquet concluded.
Obviously this doesn’t sound good for Piquet, and some fans have already started calls to ban the three-time champion from the Formula 1 paddock.
The situation is made even worse by the fact that Piquet is the father of Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly.
You can listen to the original clip in Brazilian below.