Lewis Hamilton slams three-time world champion Nelson Piquet for using racially abusive language about him
Lewis Hamilton has spoken out after three-time world champion Nelson Piquet used racially abusive language about him. Piquet, 69, had been speaking on a podcast about the accident that Hamilton and Max Verstappen had, when he used a Brazilian slang term for the N-word to describe Hamilton.
Recorded last year November, the 69 year old said: "The [racist term] put his car there to hit him on purpose. "Piquet is the father of model Kelly Piquet, who has been dating Verstappen since October 2020.Taking to Twitter, Hamilton wrote: "It's more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I've been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life.
"He added: "There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action."The FIA (governing body for F1 Racing) have also come out to strongly condemn the racist abuse that Sir Hamilton faced.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 @LewisHamilton and fully support his commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motor sport. "Hamilton's team Mercedes also released a statement, saying: "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."Hamilton is known for speaking up for the rights of many people, including women and gay people.