Piquet says his racial slur against Hamilton was “a very soft word”

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Nelson Piquet calls his racial slur controversy “bulls**t” and claims the word he used to describe Lewis Hamilton is even used “for some of our white friends”.

Last week a controversial clip from Nelson Piquet’s 2021 interview was released, in which the three-time Formula 1 champion calls Lewis Hamilton a ‘neguinho’. The word is a Brazilian equivalent to the “N-word”, and according to native speakers, when used in a derogatory way the term is considered to be racist.

The Brazilian then issued an apology, but in his statement he claimed that the word he used was wrongly interpreted in translation.

Later in the week another 2021 Piquet interview came out, in which he used the same racial slur when describing Lewis, as well as some homophobic language.

Well, during his appearance at the Le Mans Classic over the weekend, Piquet claimed that nothing he said was wrong.

“I don’t really care, it doesn’t disturb my life,” he told Motorsport Magazine.


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“I am here with my friends, we are having fun, that’s it.”

He then claimed he was not a racist.

“This is all bulls**t, I am not racist. There is nothing, nothing I said wrong. What I said is a very soft word – we even use it for some of our white friends.

“I used this word almost one year ago in the interview and they come up with this. It has caused me some problems but to be honest with you I don’t really care.

“Here I have no obligations to do anything any publicity, nothing, just a bit of racing and I have really been enjoying,” the Brazilian concluded.

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