Lewis Hamilton spoke out for the first time after shocking footage appeared to show Nelson Piquet using a racial slur when describing his clash with Max Verstappen at Silverstone in 2021.
Piquet referred to Hamilton with two racially inappropriate expressions in Portuguese on a Brazilian podcast in November.
The 69-year-old was discussing the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen during the 2021 British Grand Prix, with his remarks reappearing on social media ahead of the accident’s first anniversary.
“The (neguinho) put the car in the wrong way on the corner, it’s because you don’t know the curve,” he said. “It’s a very high curve, there is no way to pass two cars and there’s no way you can put the car aside. He did [Verstappen] dirty. His luck was that only the other one was gone.”
The Brazilian has been widely condemned by the F1 community for using the term ‘neguinho’ while discussing Hamilton, who is an avid campaigner for racial equality.
Hamilton took to social media on Tuesday afternoon June 28, to address the issue. He broke the silence by quoting a Tweet which read: “What if Lewis Hamilton just tweeted, ‘Who the f*** is Nelson Piquet?’ then closed Twitter,” to which he responded: “Imagine.”
The Mercedes star then released a targeted message in Portuguese, Piquet’s native language, which translated as: “Let’s focus on changing the mindset,” and then a lengthier follow-up: “It’s more than language. These are archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.”