It has been reported that three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet made more homophobic and racial remarks about Lewis Hamilton.
When a video of the Brazilian using a racial term toward the British player surfaced, he sparked a firestorm.
After the fact, he was criticized by many prominent people in the paddock, including F1, the FIA, numerous drivers, and others.
However, the Brazilian news outlet Grande Premio has obtained a complete transcript of the podcast.
The website claims that Piquet used the term again while discussing his 1982 title duel with Keke Rosberg and that he also made more homophobic statements against Hamilton and Rosberg’s son Nico, who was Hamilton’s partner at Mercedes from 2013 to 2016.
Formula One World Champion Says He “Never Meant to Offend” With Racist Remark
Nelson Piquet, a three-time world champion, has apologized for an internet interview in which he used a racial slur to disparage Lewis Hamilton, but he maintains that his remarks have been misconstrued.
Reports indicate that Piquet has been permanently banned from the paddock as a result of his statements, which he made at the end of last year but only received widespread attention this week with the publication of an English version.
When asked about Hamilton’s incident with Max Verstappen, the 69-year-old Brazilian, winner of two titles with Brabham and one with Williams, used a Portuguese word that is approximately similar to the N-word in most settings.
Hamilton said in a tweet, “It’s more than language.” This sort of outmoded thinking has no place in modern athletics.
All my life, I’ve been subjected to these prejudices and been the object of these views. Time for education has been generous. The time for action has come.
Piquet issued a statement in which he apologized for his comments but insisted they had no racist overtones.
It all started with a remark he made in an interview last year, and he wanted to set the record straight.
“What I said was insensitive and I apologize; nevertheless, I would like to clarify that the word I used is one that has been commonly and traditionally used in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for “man” or “person.”
I in no way intended to be translated as using the word that has been used against me. I firmly reject any insinuation that I used the word as a racial slur towards a driver.
Lewis Hamilton insisted, “there Is Nothing, Nothing I Said Incorrectly.”
Piquet was banned from the Formula 1 paddock after a storm of controversy erupted last week after he referred to Hamilton by the color of his skin rather than his name during a television interview.
The 69-year-old Brazilian was still in the pitlane last weekend, competing in the Le Mans Classic, and he dismissed the criticism, stating, “I don’t really care, it doesn’t bother my life.” Simply said, my buddies and I are here to have a good time.
The first time we heard from Piquet was in an interview in Brazil, where he highlighted Hamilton’s collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix of 2018.
It originally aired in November of 2017 and has since circulated again thanks to social media.
The three-time champion was criticized by many, including Formula 1 and the Mercedes team. Hamilton called Piquet’s statements “archaic” and said they didn’t reflect the current state of F1.