Nelson Piquet receives £780,000 fine for racist and homophobic comments towards Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, after a Brazilian court rules against the three-time world champion

Nelson Piquet has received a £780,00 fine for racist and homophobic comments made towards Lewis Hamilton in late 2021. In an extended version of the clip, Piquet also uses homophobic slurs against Hamilton. Piquet has since apologised for using the derogatory Portuguese phrase ‘neguinho’ and condemned any suggestion that the word was used ‘with the aim of belittling a driver because of his skin colour. ‘I would never use the word I have been accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that the word was used by me with the aim of belittling a driver because of his skin colour. Both Formula 1 and Hamilton’s Mercedes team also condemned Piquet’s comments.

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