Nelson Piquet has been blasted by Formula One bosses after the comments came to light. He had been speaking on a Brazilian podcast about an incident between Max Verstappen and the seven-time world champion
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Sir Lewis Hamilton has slammed Nelson Piquet after shocking footage emerged of the former world champion using a racial slur to describe him in an interview last year. 

Piquet, 69, used the N-word while referring to the seven-time world champion on a podcast with the publication Estadao back in November. Piquet twice used a racist term, which is Brazilian slang for the N-word.

The former driver, who won the world title in 1981, 83 and 87, had been discussing the accident between Hamilton and Max Verstappen on the first lap of last year’s British Grand Prix.

He suggested that Hamilton, 37, pushed Verstappen off the track on purpose, ending his race, and used the word to describe the British driver.

In a video which resurfaced on social media in the last 24 hours, Piquet – whose daughter Kelly is dating Hamilton’s rival Verstappen – said: ‘The n******* put the car in the wrong way and didn’t let [the other driver swerve]. 

‘The n******* put the car in the wrong way on the corner, it’s because you don’t know the curve. 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.’

Hamilton today hit back at Piquet’s racial slur, writing ‘Imagine’ next to a tweet which said ‘what if Lewis Hamilton just tweeted ‘Who the f*** is Nelson Piquet?’ then closed twitter’. 

Responding to the racist comments, Hamilton said: ‘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.’

He also posted a message in Portuguese, Piquet’s native language, which translates to ‘let’s focus on changing the mindset.’

Brazilian Piquet described the incident as a ‘joke’ on the podcast, and said Hamilton had been ‘lucky’ that Verstappen only crashed.

It is not the first time that Hamilton has been targeted with racial abuse, and previously clashed with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone who took aim at the politicisation of the sport last year, suggesting Formula One was not racist and claiming Hamilton was ‘being used’ by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Nelson Piquet has been blasted by Formula One bosses after the comments came to light. He had been speaking on a Brazilian podcast about an incident between Max Verstappen and the seven-time world champion

Nelson Piquet has been blasted by Formula One bosses after the comments came to light. He had been speaking on a Brazilian podcast about an incident between Max Verstappen and the seven-time world champion

Sir Lewis Hamilton has been a huge advocate against racism, and has been part of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. Piquet, 69, used the racially abusive slur while referring to the seven-time world champion

Sir Lewis Hamilton has been a huge advocate against racism, and has been part of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Piquet, 69, used the racially abusive slur while referring to the seven-time world champion

The seven-time world champion has now hit back at Piquet's racist comments, calling for 'action' against the 'archaic mindsets'. He added a message in Portuguese, the Brazilian drivers native language, saying 'let's focus on changing the mindset'

The seven-time world champion has now hit back at Piquet’s racist comments, calling for ‘action’ against the ‘archaic mindsets’. He added a message in Portuguese, the Brazilian drivers native language, saying ‘let’s focus on changing the mindset’

The Brazilian ex-racing driver had been discussing an incident between Red Bull's Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, pictured, at the British Grand Prix last year. The pair collided on lap one of the race at Silverstone ending the Dutchman's race

The Brazilian ex-racing driver had been discussing an incident between Red Bull’s Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, pictured, at the British Grand Prix last year. The pair collided on lap one of the race at Silverstone ending the Dutchman’s race

Lewis, pictured in Malibu on Sunday, was pictured catching some waves ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend. F1 described him as a 'true champion of diversity on and off track' in their statement condemning Piquet

Lewis, pictured in Malibu on Sunday, was pictured catching some waves ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend. F1 described him as a ‘true champion of diversity on and off track’ in their statement condemning Piquet

‘No friends on the track’

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he and rival Max Verstappen are alike in their ruthlessness.

The Mercedes star was pipped to the title by Red Bull’s Verstappen in highly controversial circumstances last season, with a bitter on- and off-track rivalry boiling over at points, particularly after their dangerous crash at Monza.

But Hamilton conceded that ‘some days we get it wrong’.

He told Sky Sports: ‘For me and Max, we see each other in the paddock, things are normal – we’re two individual drivers. 

‘We have a lot in common in the sense of we love what we do, driving, but then on the other side, we’re ruthless. He is ruthless, I am.

‘We are fighters out there. There are no friends on track. Some days we get it right, some days we get it wrong.

‘What’s really important is when we get back out we’re human beings and we do keep respect’.

Formula One chiefs today slammed the former Brazilian champion for making the comments during an interview. 

In a statement they said: ‘Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society.

‘Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect.

‘His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.’

Piquet used the racial slur while expressing his opinion that Hamilton had made a mistake by crashing into the Dutch driver, and ending his race. 

The Mercedes driver was handed a ten-second penalty for the incident, but went on to win the race and cut his points deficit to Verstappen.

Verstappen was sent crashing into the barriers at the side of the track at a force of 52G and needed to be taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary checks.

The opening lap ended abruptly for the Red Bull driver, 24, after colliding with his championship rival at Silverstone’s notorious Copse corner. 

This weekend’s British Grand Prix marks a year since the heated incident, which was one in a series between the two championship rivals as they fought for last year’s world title.

The Dutchman won his first world title after seeing off Hamilton last season in the sport where he has gained a reputation for being hot headed on and off the track.

During the final round of the F1 calendar last year he was heard voicing his frustrations at a late safety car caused by Nicholas Latifi.

He voiced his frustration over the team radio, saying: Yeah, of course, typical decision’ before race director Michael Masi dramatically reversed his call to allow only the lapped cars to overtake leaving a one-lap head-to-head fight between the title contenders.

Verstappen was also caught on camera pushing Esteban Ocon after the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2018, after the French driver clumsily tried to unlap himself.

Hamilton today hit back at Piquet's racial slur, writing 'Imagine' next to a tweet which said 'what if Lewis Hamilton just tweeted 'Who the f*** is Nelson Piquet?' then closed twitter'. He said to was about 'more than language' when responding to the interview

Hamilton today hit back at Piquet’s racial slur, writing ‘Imagine’ next to a tweet which said ‘what if Lewis Hamilton just tweeted ‘Who the f*** is Nelson Piquet?’ then closed twitter’. He said to was about ‘more than language’ when responding to the interview

The seven-time world champion has previously clashed with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over 'ignorant' comments. Ecclestone previously said he would ban Formula One drivers taking a knee before races and would stop them wearing anti-racism t-shirts on the podium

The seven-time world champion has previously clashed with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over ‘ignorant’ comments. Ecclestone previously said he would ban Formula One drivers taking a knee before races and would stop them wearing anti-racism t-shirts on the podium

Mercedes have raced in black for the past two seasons as 'a stand against racism and discrimination in all forms'. Sir Lewis has been a huge backer to get more diversity across the sport

Mercedes have raced in black for the past two seasons as ‘a stand against racism and discrimination in all forms’. Sir Lewis has been a huge backer to get more diversity across the sport 

Ecclestone, 91, has insisted Hamilton 'misunderstood' his view but he is 'entitled to his opinion' on the need for increased opportunities in the sport. He added that he believes Hamilton is 'being used' by the Black Lives Matter movement

Ecclestone, 91, has insisted Hamilton ‘misunderstood’ his view but he is ‘entitled to his opinion’ on the need for increased opportunities in the sport. He added that he believes Hamilton is ‘being used’ by the Black Lives Matter movement

Piquets daughter Kelly, pictured after the Abi Dhabi Grand Prix last year, is dating Dutch driver Max Verstappen. He described the incident as a 'joke' on the podcast, and said that Hamilton had been 'lucky' that Verstappen only crashed

Piquets daughter Kelly, pictured after the Abi Dhabi Grand Prix last year, is dating Dutch driver Max Verstappen. He described the incident as a ‘joke’ on the podcast, and said that Hamilton had been ‘lucky’ that Verstappen only crashed

PIQUET’S PREVIOUS CONTROVERSIES

Ex-racing driver Piquet has previously made a series of unpleasant comments about his fellow F1 drivers.

He publicly questioned Ayrton Senna’s sexuality in the time that they battled each other and called his rival ‘the Sao Paulo taxi driver’.

He also made offensive comments about Nigel Mansell and the Briton’s wife when they were team-mates at Williams.

The Brazilian gave an infamous interview with Playboy about his then teammate, calling Mansell an ‘uneducated blockhead’.

Piquet also resorted to derogatory insults about Mansell’s wife which he later apologised for when legal action was threatened.

He had been cruising to win the race before the incident, and was heard seething ‘I hope I can’t find him now in the paddock because that guy has a f***ing problem.’

During the first race of this season Verstappen struggled to overtake Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, and voiced his frustrations at his team.

After trying to clear the Monegasque driver for the second time he shouted at his team for advising him to take it easy on his tyres, yelling ‘I am never, ever doing it again!’

The championship battle ended in controversy during the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw Verstappen win his first world title on the last lap of the race. 

In a statement Mercedes said: ‘We condemn in the strongest terms 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 champion of diversity on and off track. 

‘Together, we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a brighter future.’

Mercedes have raced in black for the past two seasons as ‘a stand against racism and discrimination in all forms and a public pledge to further improve the diversity of our team and our sport.’  

Motorsport mogul Bernie Ecclestone took aim at the politicisation of the sport last year, claiming Formula One is not racist and that he believes Hamilton is ‘being used’ by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

He previously said he would ban Formula One drivers taking a knee before races and would stop them wearing anti-racism t-shirts on the podium.

Ecclestone, 91, insisted that Hamilton had ‘misunderstood’ his view but he is ‘entitled to his opinion’ on the need for increased opportunities.

He said he was ‘surprised’ Hamilton was concerned by racial abuse he suffered in his career, before saying ‘black people are more racist than white people’.

Piquet, pictured with Frank Williams, made offensive comments about Nigel Mansell and the Briton's wife when they were team-mates at Williams

Piquet, pictured with Frank Williams, made offensive comments about Nigel Mansell and the Briton’s wife when they were team-mates at Williams

Ecclestone said he was ‘surprised’ Hamilton was concerned by racial abuse he suffered in his career, before saying ‘black people are more racist than white people’. Hamilton revealed the racial abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface

Piquet, whose daughter Kelly, pictured, is dating Verstappen, has previously made a series of unpleasant statements about other racing drivers during his career

Piquet, whose daughter Kelly, pictured, is dating Verstappen, has previously made a series of unpleasant statements about other racing drivers during his career

 After their public spat on social media, Ecclestone said Formula 1 is ‘open to anyone’ regardless of race or religion. 

Hamilton revealed the racial abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface.

F1’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), have also condemned the comments made by the former world champion in his interview. 

In a statement they said: ‘The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behaviour, which have no place in sport or wider society.

‘We express our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and fully support his commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motor sport.’

Ferrari’s F1 team also issued a message of support, writing: ‘We stand alongside Formula One, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes AMG F1 against any form of discrimination.’ 

Piquet has previously made a series of unpleasant statements about other racing drivers throughout his career.

During his racing career he publicly questioned Ayrton Senna’s sexuality and called his rival ‘the Sao Paulo taxi driver’. 

He also made offensive comments about Nigel Mansell and the Briton’s wife when they were team-mates at Williams.

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