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It went off the runway and caused a fire…

Formula 1, International Automobile Federation (FIA) and Mercedes They condemned this Tuesday thediscriminatory and racist language of the three-time Brazilian world champion Nelson Pickt, who referred to the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) as “black”and have qualified “unacceptable” behavior.

In a statement the highest category of world motorsport he pointed:

Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and is not part of 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 in Formula 1.

During an interview on a Brazilian channel in November last year, Piquet criticized the performance of the Briton, named a few weeks ago honorary citizen of Brazilin the collision suffered with the Dutch Max Verstappenboyfriend of his daughter Kelly Picket, in the 2021 British Grand Prix. Now you are statements come to light on the first anniversary of the accident and in the same week as the appointment of Silverstone of this season.

“The black man parked the car and left. Senna didn’t do that, Senna went straight,” Piquet said, comparing the situation to another between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix.

The word ‘neguinho’, ‘little black’ in Spanish, employed by picket, has a cderogatory and racist notation in Portuguese.

And added the former Brazilian pilot, 69 years old, world champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987, the first two with the team BrabhamRacingwhile the last one did it with Williams F1.

He said ‘I’ll do it either way’. The little black guy (Hamilton) got in the car and left, because it was a very high curve and there was no way that two cars could pass. It was a dirty trick, and he was lucky that only the other one (Verstappen) got screwed.

the mercedes team also came out in defense of the seven-time world champion.

We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language. Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and 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 critical importance of continuing to strive for a bright future.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) Joined the condemnation of Piquet’s statementsrecalling that this racist language “has no place in sport or in society in general”.

We express our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and fully support his commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motorsport.

Finally, his own Lewis Hamilton reacted to what Piquet said considering that it is typical of a archaic mentality

Nelson Picket achievement 23 wins and 60 podiums to place his name as one of the few who have achieved three championships or more in the highest category of motorsport.

(With information from Europe Press)

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