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Piquet apologises for racist slur towards Hamilton

Jul 14, 2022

Three-time Formula One title holder Nelson Piquet on Wednesday apologized “earnestly” to Lewis Hamilton in the wake of utilizing a racially hostile term to portray the Mercedes star.

Hamilton said the “opportunity has arrived for activity” following Piquet’s comments, while Formula One and motorsport’s overseeing body the FIA censured the 69-year-old Brazilian.

“I am sorry sincerely to anybody that was impacted, including Lewis, who is a unimaginable driver, yet the interpretation in certain media that is presently flowing via virtual entertainment isn’t right,” Piquet said in a proclamation.

Piquet, who brought home the big showdown in 1981, 1983 and 1987, was examining a mishap among Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the primary lap of last year’s British Grand Prix when he utilized the term.

His little girl, Kelly, is Verstappen’s accomplice.

“What I said was not well thought out, and I make no guard for it, yet I will explain that the term utilized is one that has broadly and generally been utilized casually in Brazilian Portuguese as an equivalent for ‘fellow’ or ‘individual’ and was never planned to irritate,” said Piquet.

“I could never utilize the word I have been blamed for in certain interpretations. I firmly censure any idea that the word was utilized by me fully intent on deprecating a driver as a result of his skin tone.”

Piquet is an ally of Brazil’s extreme right President Jair Bolsonaro, and was an escort to him on the country’s Independence Day last year.

Hamilton, the main dark driver on the matrix, has been a straightforward campaigner for more noteworthy variety in the game.

The seven-time title holder routinely showed “People of color Matter” on his attire and took the knee before races in the 2020 season following the homicide of George Floyd in the US.

Hamilton has additionally lobbied for LGBTQ+ freedoms and on ecological issues.

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