Hamilton speaks after Piquet’s speech: “Let’s focus on changing the mentality.”

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Driver Lewis Hamilton has spoken out for the first time since a statement by former Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet emerged, who used a racist term to refer to the seven-time Formula 1 champion.

The Brit made a series of posts on Twitter in reference to the matter.

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In the first one, he shares a tweet that wrote: “What if Lewis Hamilton just publishes ‘Who the hell is Nelson Piquet?’ and shut down Twitter.” Hamilton replied, “Imagine.”

So Hamilton, who is an honorary Brazilian citizen, posted in Portuguese: “Let’s focus on changing the mindset.”

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In the third and final publication on the subject, the pilot said that “it is more than language”.

“These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I was surrounded by these attitudes and I was targeted my whole life. There’s been plenty of time to learn. It’s time for action,” Hamilton wrote.

F1 and Mercedes condemn use of racist term in Piquet’s speech about Hamilton

Formula 1 and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team condemned, this Tuesday (28), the speech of Nelson Piquet.

In a note sent to CNN, Formula 1 stated that “Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect”.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind,” Mercedes said in a statement posted on Twitter.

THE CNN Formula 1 also declares that “discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in all forms and has no role in society”.

The series concludes its statement by saying that Hamilton’s “tireless” efforts “to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to in F1”.

“Lewis has led our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off the track.”

“Together we share a vision for diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the fundamental importance of continuing to fight for a brighter future.”

In addition, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which regulates Formula 1, reiterated the words of the statement issued by the category, and expressed solidarity with Hamilton.

“We fully support their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motorsport,” the FIA ​​said.

Piquet’s statement

Former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet used the racist term “neguinho” to refer to seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton in an interview.

“The neguinho put the car in and left because there was no way to pass two cars on that curve. He made a joke. His luck is that only the other [Verstappen] fucked up,” Piquet told Motorsports Talk in November.

Piquet is the father-in-law of Verstappen, who is dating German-born Brazilian Kelly Piquet.

The accident pointed out by Piquet occurred while Hamilton and Verstappen were fighting for first place in the race.

After having the right rear wheel touched by the Englishman, Verstappen lost control and crashed into the tire wall at Silverstone. Hamilton kept the lead until the end of the stage and secured the victory.

In the current season, Max Verstappen leads the championship with 175 points, while Hamilton occupies the sixth position with 77 points. The drivers return to the tracks next Sunday (3), at the Silverstone Grand Prix.

Nelson Piquet was wanted by the CNN, awaiting placement.

Source: CNN Brasil

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