Nelson Piquet has apologised to Lewis Hamilton after being widely condemned for calling the Mercedes star a racist term during an old interview. However, Piquet claims he has been falsely accused of racism and has offered to clarify his comments.
On Monday, shocking footage surfaced on social media of the three-time world champion slamming Hamilton’s driving during the 2021 British Grand Prix. During the rant, he referred to the 37-year-old Brit as a ‘neguinho’ twice while criticising a move he made on Max Verstappen.
He told Brazilian outlet Estadao: “The neguinho put the car in the wrong way and didn’t let [the other driver swerve]. The neguinho put the car in the wrong way on the corner. It’s because you don’t know the curve. It’s a very high curve, there is no way to pass two cars, and there’s no way you can put the car aside. He did [Verstappen] dirty. His luck was that only the other one was gone.”
Throughout Tuesday, the FIA, F1, Mercedes and Hamilton himself, among others in the racing world, took to social media to condemn Piquet for his racial slurs. But he has since come out to defend himself while apologising to ‘anyone affected’ by the whirlwind story.
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