Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes and Formula 1 condemn racist language used by Nelson Piquet about British driver
Nelson Piquet, world champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987, used the term during a podcast last November, with comments resurfacing ahead of the British GP at Silverstone; Formula 1 and Mercedes have both released statements supporting Lewis Hamilton
Last update: 28/06/22 11:18
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Formula 1 and Mercedes have condemned the racist language used by former world champion Nelson Piquet about Lewis Hamilton.
Piquet used a racist expression in Portuguese when referring to Hamilton during a Brazilian podcast last November.
The 69-year-old was discussing the collision between Hamilton and Max Verstappen during the 2021 British GP, with the comments resurfacing on social media ahead of the crash’s first anniversary.
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Piquet’s choice of words was criticized by Formula 1, which said in a statement: “Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no role in society.
“Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson for many and we are committed to F1.”
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Hamilton’s Mercedes team said: “We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind.
“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion for diversity on and off the track. Together, we share a vision for diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident emphasizes the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a bright future.”
Piquet is the father of Verstappen’s partner, Kelly Piquet.
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July 3, 2022, 1:30 p.m.
When is the British GP on Sky Sports?
Silverstone – the birthplace of British motorsport and a cornerstone of F1 since its inception in 1950 – hosts the 10th round of an exciting 2022 season, and sky sports has you covered from Thursday through Sunday’s race.
On an action-packed weekend and we will also have the return of the F1 show live from Silverstone on Thursday, in which the drivers will join us for more exclusive interviews. The show will also be streamed live on the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel.
The 2022 Formula 1 season heats up this weekend at Silverstone for the famous British Grand Prix, all live on Sky Sports F1.
All the action can also be followed online and through our digital platforms and streams. Additionally, there will also be plenty of updates on Sky Sports News.
Sky Sports F1 is your home for every race this season and here is the full British Grand Prix programme…
Sky Sports F1 British Grand Prix Schedule
Thursday June 30
6 p.m.: The F1 Motor Show
friday july 1st
9:35 a.m.: F3 training
10:45 a.m.: F2 training
12:30 p.m.: preparation for the British GP Practice One (the session starts at 1 p.m.)
2:50 p.m.: F3 qualifying
3:35 p.m.: preparation for the second British GP (the session starts at 4 p.m.)
5:25 p.m.: F2 Qualifying
6:10 p.m.: Series W qualifying
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July 1, 2022, 3:35 p.m.
Saturday July 2
9:50 a.m.: F3 Sprint Race
11.45 a.m.: Preparation for the third practice of the British GP (the session starts at 12 p.m.)
1:10 p.m.: W Series race
2.10 p.m .: preparation for qualifying for the British GP
3 p.m.: Qualifying for the British GP
4:55 p.m.: F2 Sprint race
6 p.m.: Ted’s qualification notebook
Sunday July 3
8:30 a.m.: F3 Feature Race
10:00 a.m.: F2 Feature Race
1:30 p.m.: Grand Prix Sunday: preparation for the British GP
3 p.m.: THE 2022 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
5 p.m.: Reaction from the British GP: Checkered Flag
6 p.m.: Ted’s notebook
F1 2022 heads to Silverstone for motorsport’s big event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extended coverage of the British GP weekend – racing starts at 3pm on Sunday July 3.