Disgraced F1 champion who racially abused Lewis Hamilton sparks more outrage


    The three-time champion has made controversial comments on camera about Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who beat Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian election earlier this week. In the clip posted to Twitter, the 70-year-old was seen with streaks of green paint over his face as he spoke.

    A man filming the video says “look who I’m with here, this big champion Nelson Piquet.” Piquet replies: “We’re going to get Lula, son of a b****, out of here.”

    The man adds: “That’s it! Brazil above everything, God above everything.” However, Piquet responded: “And Lula there in a cemetery, son of a b****.”

    Express Sport have contacted the Piquet family for comment.  The clip comes just months after Piquet was embroiled in a racism row after comments he made about F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

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    Piquet described Hamilton as a “neguinho” in a Brazilian TV appearance at the end of the 2021 season. He also claimed Nico Rosberg won the 2016 championship because Hamilton was “giving a**” in an apparent homophobic slur.

    The former Williams driver defended his actions, claiming the comment was mistranslated. He suggested that the word is widely used to mean “guy” or “person” in his native Brazilian Portuguese language.

    In a statement, Piquet said: “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.

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    “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.” Hamilton hit back at the remarks when they came to light ahead of this season’s British Grand Prix.

    The Mercedes star claimed the remarks showed “archaic mindsets need to change” The BRDC revoked Piquet’s honorary membership ahead of the British Grand Prix while F1 handed out a paddock ban.

    A statement from F1 at the time of the incident read: “Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society. Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. [Hamilton’s] tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.”


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