Lewis Hamilton called a racist name by former F1 champion as video footage emerges

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton may divide opinions in the F1 community, but everyone was collectively behind him after he was at the receiving end of a racist remark from former F1 champion Nelson Piquet.

Although the incident occurred a significant while back, video footage has only emerged recently and ever since then, a big part of the F1 community has aligned with Hamilton.

Piquet, father of Kelly Piquet who is dating Max Verstappen, was seen criticising Hamilton for the nature of his crash with Verstappen at Silverstone last year.

The interview from where the footage has been retrieved dates back to November, 2021.

Perhaps the reason for why it took so long for this incident to come to light is the fact that Piquet used a word from his own native language to describe Hamilton.

Brazilian media has now decoded the statement made by Piquet to roughly read, “The [racist term – neguinho] put the car in and left because there was no way to get past two cars at that corner. He did dirty.”

The original interview was conducted on Brazilian media outlet Motorsport Talk, where Piquet was in conversation with journalist Ricardo Oliveira.

As things panned out, Verstappen was forced to go to the hospital after the crash with Hamilton.

Meanwhile, the Silver Arrows driver went on to claim top honours.

Now, the drivers will meet again at the same venue and while Mercedes is not as dominant as it has been in recent years, the home crowd at Silverstone will give an added kick to both its drivers.

F1 community stands with Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton. Credit: skysports.com

Piquet’s comments have not been received well and it is quite shameful that the former champion lacks basic etiquettes.

F1 was quick to release a statement after the video resurfaced.

“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,” the statement read.

Mercedes also released a statement on its social media handle.

“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,” it said.

“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.”

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