F1: Nelson Piquet pinned again for homophobic remarks towards Hamilton

F1: Nelson Piquet pinned again for homophobic remarks towards Hamilton

Already at the center of a lively controversy for having called Lewis Hamilton a “neguinho” (“little nigger”), Nelson Piquet Sr also made homophobic remarks towards the Briton. In response, Brazilian MPs filed a complaint against him.

New controversy in the controversy for Nelson Piquet. The former Formula 1 driver made not only racist, but also homophobic remarks towards seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, during an interview dating from November 2021, a new extract from which was revealed in the Brazilian press. Three black deputies from the left-wing PSOL party also revealed to AFP on Saturday that they had filed a complaint with the Brasilia prosecutor’s office, demanding legal proceedings against the ex-Brazilian pilot.

He also insults Rosberg’s father

According to a first excerpt from the interview at Motorsports.com, which resurfaced on the internet on Tuesday, the triple world champion (1981, 1983, 1987) had used the word “little black” (“neguinho” in Brazilian) to speak of Hamilton by returning to an accident involving the Briton and the Dutchman Max Verstappen in the first round of the British Grand Prix 2021. In another extract, revealed on Friday by the specialized site Grandepremio.comNelson Piquet uses the same term again, but also makes homophobic remarks towards Hamilton, to talk about his rivalry with the German driver Nico Rosberg, when they were both members of the Mercedes team.

He also insults Nico’s father, Keke Rosberg, against whom he raced in the 80s, and whom he describes as “shit”. Before launching into a comment of a racist, sexual and homophobic nature targeting Hamilton again. On Wednesday, Nelson Piquet, enthusiastic supporter of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, had “wholeheartedly apologized” to the British pilot, but had put his racist remarks into perspective, considering that they had been “mistranslated” by certain media international. On Tuesday, Hamilton reacted: “These are more than words. These archaic mentalities must change and have no place in our sport”.

Piquet’s remarks had also been widely condemned in the world of F1, by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), by Formula 1, the organizer of the world championship, and by teams and other drivers. In the complaint filed with the prosecution, the left-wing deputies suggest in particular that the former Brazilian pilot be ordered to pay compensation for “collective moral prejudice” and that the sum be “donated to organizations which combat racial discrimination”.

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