Red Bull reportedly won’t publicly condemn Nelson Piquet’s racial slur

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F1 journalist Chris Medland reports he received word from Red Bull that the team doesn’t plan to issue a statement on Nelson Piquet’s use of a racial slur when referring to Lewis Hamilton.

After three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson Piquet’s racial slur aimed at Lewis Hamilton came to light, Formula 1, the FIA and several F1 teams, as well as F1 journalists, came out to condemn such language.

Considering that Piquet is the father of Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly, and has used the slur while commenting on Lewis’ 2021 British Grand Prix collision with Verstappen, it would seem appropriate for Red Bull to join in and say something on the matter.


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However, F1 journalist Chris Medland, who was at Red Bull’s hypercar launch this morning, reports that a statement from the team is not expected.

“Have been at Red Bull this morning (for its hypercar launch) but the team says it won’t be issuing a statement on Piquet’s comments,” he wrote.

The journalist also added Formula 1 is considering taking further action against Piquet, but “what exactly that entails has not yet been decided”.

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