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F1 | Piquet states he had no racist intentions towards Hamilton

Nelson Piquet Sr issues apologizes and states he had no ill intentions towards 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton with resurfaced comments. 

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F1 | Piquet states he had no racist intentions towards Hamilton
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Earlier this week, three-time world champion Nelson Piquet’s comments in an interview resurfaced. Piquet’s comments included a racial slur towards Lewis Hamilton when be was making a comment about Silverstone’s incident.

His resurfaced comments made a commotion and condemnation in the Formula 1 community. These caused a counterclaim from both the FIA and F1, with rumours claiming that Piquet Sr will no longer be allowed in the paddock area.

These comments where followed by Lewis Hamilton’s own saying that “archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport”.

To which Mr Nelson Piquet issued a statement of his own in which he addressed the translations of his comments saying he wanted to “clear up the stories circulating in the media about a comment I made in an interview last year.”

He said that although he made some “ill comments” he was to make no defense for what he said. Piquet Sr said that the term he used in the resurfaced comments has “widely and historically been used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and was never intended to offend.”

Piquet said that he 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.

“I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone that was affected, including Lewis, who is an incredible driver.

“But the translation in some media that is now circulating on social media is not correct.

“Discrimination has no place in F1 or society and I am happy to clarify my thoughts in that respect.”

But it is also known that he has used offensive language towards other drivers before. His full statement about this specific incident is shown below:

“I would like to clear up the stories circulating in the media about a comment I made in an interview last year. 

"What I said was ill thought out, and I make no defence for it, but I will clarify that the term used is one that has widely and historically been used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and was never intended to offend.

"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. 

"I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone that was affected, including Lewis, who is an incredible driver, but the translation in some media that is now circulating on social media is not correct. Discrimination has no place in F1 or society and I am happy to clarify my thoughts in that respect.”

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