Nelson Piquet fined for racist and homophobic comments about Lewis Hamilton

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet has been ordered to pay five million Brazilian Reals (£780,000) for making racist and homophobic comments about Lewis Hamilton. The 70-year-old Brazilian used a racially offensive term in referring to Hamilton in an interview in 2021. Hamilton called for “archaic mindsets” to change after the footage surfaced. Piquet later apologised for his “ill-thought-out” racially abusive remark about the British Mercedes driver. Formula 1, Hamilton’s Mercedes team and world motorsport governing body the FIA condemned Piquet’s comments where he discussed the accident between Hamilton and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who is the partner of Piquet’s daughter, on the first lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix. In another interview that surfaced later, Piquet used racist and homophobic language when describing how Hamilton missed out on the 2016 championship to Nico Rosberg.

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