The BDRC suspends Nelson Piquet’s membership over Hamilton slur

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The British Racing Drivers’ Club, which made Nelson Piquet an Honorary Member, has decided to suspend his membership, and intends to fully terminate it.

The reactions to three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson Piquet’s racial slur aimed at Lewis Hamilton keep pouring in.

After it was reported (although there has been no official word) that Formula 1 has banned the Brazilian from the paddock, the British Racing Drivers’ Club has now suspended his honorary membership.

After the seven-day notice period has been served, the membership will be fully terminated.

“The BRDC Board of Directors has noted that, in a Brazilian podcast last November, Nelson Piquet Senior, an Honorary Member of the BRDC, described Lewis Hamilton using a racially offensive expression in Portuguese,” read BRDC’s statement.


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“The apology issued yesterday by Mr Piquet Sr has also been noted.

“In view of the BRDC’s zero-tolerance policy towards any act involving or suggesting racism, the BRDC Board has concluded that Mr Piquet Sr’s use of racially offensive language to describe a fellow BRDC member (and 7-times World Champion) is unacceptable and represents conduct that is wholly inappropriate for an Honorary Member of the BRDC, notwithstanding his subsequent apology.

“Accordingly, we have advised Mr Piquet Sr that his membership has been suspended with immediate effect.

“Following the Club’s due process, it is anticipated that the Board will terminate Mr Piquet Sr’s membership at a board meeting to be held after the required 7-day notice period,” the statement concluded.

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