The seven-time world champion formula 1 Lewis Hamilton reacted on Tuesday at racist statements that the Brazilian ex-pilot Nelson Piquet made about himremembering that “those archaic attitudes must change”.
“It’s more than words. Those archaic attitudes must change and have no place in our sport“, the British tweeted.
“I have been surrounded by behaviors like that and been a target (of them) all my life. There has been time to learn, now the time has come to take action,” added the team driver Mercedescurrently 6th in the 2022 World Cup.
It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 28, 2022
What did Piquet say about Hamilton?
In a video interview granted to the Motorsports.com website. in October 2021, Piquet69 years old, recalled the incident he faced in July 2021 in the first round of British GP a Hamilton and to dutch Max Verstappenwhich ended with the abandonment of the pilot of Red Bullwhose partner is Piquet’s daughter, Kelly.
“The black guy (Lewis Hamilton) put the car in and left it because he had no way to pass two cars in that curve. He played dirty. The luck of it was that only the other (Verstappen) was screwed, “he declared. Piquet.
The statements of Piquet were sentenced for International Automobile Federation (FIA) and by formula 1organizer of F1 World Championship.
“Discriminatory or racist statements are unacceptable in any form and have no place in society“, reacted formula 1 in a statement sent to AFP.
“Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect.“, esteem Formula 1 about the seven-time F1 champion. “His tireless efforts to improve diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and a commitment on the part of F1.”
“The FIA strongly condemns any racist language and behaviour.which have no place in our sport or society,” the institution said on Twitter. “We express our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and our full support for his commitment to equalitydiversity and inclusion in motorsports,” added the FIA.
Mercedesthe British driver’s team, also reacted on Twitter: “We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind“.
“Lewis has been at the forefront of our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and is a true champion of diversity, on and off the track“recalls the text.
Hamilton was heavily involved with the movement “Black Lives Matter” in 2020. Thanks to his initiative, several pilots posed with one knee on the ground before several races as a sign of support, and the color of the single-seaters Mercedes it went from gray to black until the end of the 2021 season.
“Together, we share the vision of a diversified and inclusive motor sportand this incident points out the fundamental importance of continuing to fight for a better future”, points out the team of Hamilton since 2013.
Piquet was world champion formula 1 on three occasions (1981, 1983 and 1987).