Hamilton Finally Opens Up About Racist Comments

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed he has often been the target of racist behavior and on Tuesday (28/^0) declared the need for a change in the discriminatory mindset he called outdated.

The issue of racism has resurfaced in the automotive world following Brazilian world champion Nelson Piquet’s oblique comments towards Hamilton.

After the young Jury Vips driver was suspended by Red Bull for using racist words on a streaming service, a video recently surfaced featuring Nelson Piquet in an interview taken in November 2021 discussing last year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Piquet criticized Hamilton for causing the crash with Max Verstappen and called the English driver racist pronouns, in Portuguese.

As reported Crash quoting Brazilian media, Piquet said, “The (racist call) put his car on the left and because there was no way to overtake the two cars in that corner. He did the dirty way.”

Following the crash on the opening lap of the British GP, Verstappen had to be sent to the hospital, despite escaping serious injuries, and Hamilton came out victorious at Silverstone.

Hamilton has spoken on social media before returning to Silverstone this weekend.

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“This is more than just language. This age-old mindset has to change and has no place in our sport,” Hamilton tweeted on Twitter Twitterwithout referring specifically to Piquet’s words.

“I’ve been surrounded by these kinds of attitudes and have been targeted for the rest of my life. Lots of time to learn. Time to act.”

Piquet, who won the F1 world title three times in the 1980s, is the father of Verstappen’s lover, Kelly Piquet.

Following Piquet’s comments, F1 issued a statement today.

“Discrimination or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no place in society. Lewis is an outstanding ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusion are a lesson to the audience and something to be proud of. our commitment to F1.”

The Mercedes team also expressed their position through an official statement via social media.

“We strongly condemn the use of racist or discriminatory language in any form. Lewis has led our sporting efforts against racism, and he is a true champion in diversity and off the track.

“Together, we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive world of racing, and this incident underscores the importance of continuing to strive for a brighter future.” (Ant/S-2)