NELSON PIQUET has come under fire for using racist language while referring to seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton is one of the sport’s greatest drivers and is tied at the top of the leader board with Michael Schumacher for all time title wins.
Nelson Piquet is the father of Max Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly
Just last year, Hamilton missed out on a record eighth title as Max Verstappen pipped him to the gong in Abu Dhabi.
Coincidentally, the father of Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet is Nelson, a former three-time world champion himself.
The Brazilian was known for making controversial and outlandish comments when he was a driver.
And he’s hit the headlines again for using a racial slur while talking about Hamilton.
Who is Nelson Piquet?
A three-time world champion, Piquet is one of the most decorated drivers in F1 history.
He won his first title in 1981 with Brabham, before winning another just two years later with the same team.
Piquet then moved to Williams for two years and won his third title in his second year with the British racing team.
The Brazilian announced his retirement fromn the sport in 1992 and since then has attemped to race in the Indy 500.
Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time F1 world champion
He’s also managed his son Nelson Piquet Jr, who was a test driver for Renault in 2007.
Piquet also founded his own racting team, Piquet Sports, in 2000,
The 69-year-old also has seven children, the third-eldest Kelly being Verstappen’s girlfriend.
What did Piquet say about Hamilton?
The Brazilian used a derogatory term in an interview that was given in November last year when speaking about the 2021 British GP.
Piquet, whose daughter Kelly is in a relationship with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, slammed Hamilton’s driving at Silverstone where he made contact with the Dutchman on an explosive first lap.
Verstappen was sent hurtling in the barriers and taken to hospital for checks while Hamilton went on to win his home race for an eighth time.
Piquet claims Hamilton was at fault and referred to him with the offensive term, which was initially missed by local Brazilian media.
F1 has now responded in a statement in support of Hamilton saying: “Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society.
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“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.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes team have also slammed Piquet, who won the world championship with Brabham in 1981 and 1983, and again with Williams in 1987.
A statement from 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.”