August 13, 2022

A Brazilian decide ordered an investigation be opened into allegations that retired Formulation One driver Nelson Piquet used racist and homophobic slurs about Lewis Hamilton.

The 69-year-old Piquet made the feedback in interviews filmed in November, which solely got here to wider consideration late in June.

Human rights teams step in

The fees have been introduced by 4 human rights teams, which need three-time world champion Piquet to pay 10 million Brazilian reals ($1.86 million) for allegedly inflicting ethical harm to Black and LGBTQ individuals.

Piquet, who didn’t reply to a request for remark from The Related Press, may have 15 days to state his case to guage Felipe Costa da Fonseca Gomes of the Distrito Federal court docket.

Piquet’s feedback, made in Portuguese whereas discussing a crash between seven-time champion Hamilton and Max Verstappen throughout final 12 months’s British Grand Prix, have been extensively condemned by F1 drivers, groups, and the game’s governing physique.

Piquet referred to Hamilton as “neguinho” in Portuguese, which suggests “little Black man.” The time period just isn’t essentially a racist slur in Brazil, however it’s an expression that’s more and more seen as distasteful, and its phrasing can even emphasise that.

Nelson Piquet sorry

Piquet initially apologised to Hamilton, saying the time period was “in poor health thought out” and never meant to be offensive. He added “neguinho” can be utilized as a brief for “individuals usually.” However a second excerpt of the identical video, printed July 1 by the web site Grande Prêmio, left little doubt that Piquet he was singling out Hamilton as “the little Black man,” to which he added a homophobic slur.

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The Brazilian used homophobic language to say the British driver wasn’t centered to problem Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the 2016 title.

After the second excerpt was printed, Piquet informed Motorsport Journal throughout the Le Mans basic that the outrage about his feedback is irrelevant.

“There may be nothing, nothing I mentioned fallacious,” Piquet mentioned. “I do not actually care, it does not disturb my life. I’m right here with my associates, we’re having enjoyable, that is it.”

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