Lewis Hamilton Calls For Motion After Nelson Piquet’s Racist Slur

Lewis Hamilton stated the “time has come for motion” after being the topic of a racially offensive time period utilized by three-time Formulation One world champion Nelson Piquet. Formulation One and motorsport’s governing physique the FIA condemned the 69-year-old Brazilian, who made the feedback throughout a podcast.

“It is greater than language,” Hamilton tweeted. “These archaic mindsets want to alter and don’t have any place in our sport.

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“I have been surrounded by these attitudes and focused my entire life. There was loads of time to study. Time has come for motion.”

In a separate tweet, Hamilton posted in Portuguese: “Let’s concentrate on altering the mindset.”

Piquet, who gained the world title in 1981, 1983 and 1987, was discussing an accident between Hamilton and Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen on the primary lap of final yr’s British Grand Prix when he used the time period.

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His daughter, Kelly, is Verstappen’s accomplice.

“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any kind and has no half in society,” Formulation One stated in a press release.

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“Lewis is an unimaginable ambassador for our sport and deserves respect.

“His tireless efforts to extend variety and inclusion are a lesson to many and one thing we’re dedicated to at F1.”

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In a press release, the FIA stated: “The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behavior, which don’t have any place in sport or wider society.

“We categorical our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and absolutely help his dedication to equality, variety and inclusion in motor sport.”

Hamilton, the one black driver on the grid, has been an outspoken campaigner for better variety within the sport.

The seven-time world champion recurrently displayed “black lives matter” on his attire and took the knee earlier than races within the 2020 season following the homicide of George Floyd within the USA.

Hamilton has additionally campaigned for LGBTQ+ rights and on environmental points.

“We condemn within the strongest phrases any use of racist or discriminatory language of any form,” Mercedes, Hamilton’s workforce, stated in a press release.

“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to fight racism, and he’s a real champion of variety on and off observe.

“Collectively, we share a imaginative and prescient for a various and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the elemental significance of constant to try for a brighter future.”

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Hamilton is again in motion on house soil this weekend for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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