F1 have condemned ‘racist language’ used by Nelson Piquet in relation to Lewis Hamilton, who responded to the ‘archaic mindset’.
Footage of three-time champion Piquet had re-emerged in which he was critical of Hamilton for his collision with Max Verstappen at last year’s British Grand Prix.
The 69-year-old Brazilian was seen comparing the incident to those between fierce rivals Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, calling Hamilton a ‘joke’ along with an offensive term.
The video was widely overlooked upon its release last year, but since re-emerging on social media, F1 have condemned Piquet.
“Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society,” F1 said in a statement.
“Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.”
Hamilton himself has since responded to a fan message, and Tweeted in Portuguese, with the Brit recently being named an honorary citizen of Brazil.
Writing ‘Let’s focus on changing the mindset’ in Portuguese, Hamilton further expanded on his point.
The sport’s governing body echoed the thoughts of F1, saying: “The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behaviour, which have no place in sport or wider society.
“We express our solidarity with @LewisHamilton and fully support his commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motor sport.”
Hamilton’s team, Mercedes also added their thoughts in defence of their driver.
“We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind,” Mercedes’ statement read.
“Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off track.
“Together, we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a brighter future.”
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