F1 and Mercedes condemn racism after Nelson Piquet insult Lewis Hamilton


Formula 1 and Mercedes have condemned the racist language used by former world champion Nelson Piquet towards Lewis Hamilton.

Reports in Brazil claim that an interview conducted after the 2021 British Grand Prix has surfaced in which Piquet, 69, uses a racial epithet.

The Brazilian is said to have discussed a collision between Hamilton and title rival Max Verstappen which saw the Dutchman pull out of the race.

The comments have only just come to light and Formula 1 has issued a statement immediately supporting seven-time champion Hamilton.

Nelson Piquet (right) won the last of his three world championships in 1987 under Frank Williams. (PA Archive)

“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no place in society. Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect,” it read.

“His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and we are committed to F1.”

Mercedes also highlighted the issue as a reason to “strive for a better future”.

“We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind,” their statement read.

“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off the track.

“Together we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underscores the fundamental importance of continuing to fight for a better future.”

Piquet, who is the father of Verstappen’s current girlfriend, was contacted by the PA news agency for comment.