Lewis Hamilton has condemned three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet for using a racially offensive term about him in an interview.
The 69-year-old Brazilian used the derogatory term on a podcast in Portuguese, which came to light this week after last year’s British Grand Prix when title rivals Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided on the first lap at Silverstone.
Piquet, the father of Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly, used a racist term about Hamilton while accusing him of manhandling his car on the first corner. Piquet added Hamilton was “lucky” to be able to continue the race.
The seven-time world champion continued Twitter on Tuesday: “It’s more than language. These archaic ways of thinking need to change and have no place in our sport. I have been surrounded by these attitudes and directed towards them my entire life.
“It was a lot of time to learn. Time to act has come.”
He also tweeted in Portuguese: “Let’s focus on changing the mindset.”
On Tuesday, F1 also condemned the term used by Piquet in a statement which read: “Discriminatory or racist language in any form is unacceptable and has no part in society. Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect.
“His relentless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.”
Additionally, Hamilton’s team Mercedes issued a statement: “We strongly condemn any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind. Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism and he is a true advocate for diversity on and off the track .
“Together we share a vision for diverse and inclusive motorsport and this incident underscores the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a better tomorrow.”
Formula 1 returns to Silverstone this weekend.
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