Former F1 superstar accused of racial slurs against Lewis Hamilton

He has been sentenced in the first instance to pay almost $900,000 in damages for racist and homophobic comments against seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Former F1 superstar accused of racial slurs against Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is considered one of the best drivers of all time, and is, together with Michael Schumacher, the most successful champion in the history of Formula 1, with 7 world titles conquered: in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 with Mercedes.

He is also the driver who has achieved the most victories, podiums, pole positions and points in the history of the competition. Born to a mixed couple, with a father of Caribbean Grenadine origins and dark complexion and a fair complexion mother, he is the first mulatto driver in history to have participated in a Formula 1 grand prix, as well as the first to win a world title.

Since his debut in the top category, Hamilton has won at least one race and one pole position during the world championship up to the 2022 season, which makes him the only driver in the history of the top formula to have achieved it from the first season for fifteen consecutive years .

Former F1 star Nelson Piquet was fined for racist remarks against Hamilton. He has been sentenced in the first instance to pay almost $900,000 in damages for racist and homophobic comments against seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The sentence was issued by the Civil Court of Brasilia. Among the terms used, Piquet repeatedly referred to Hamilton as a little nigger, also criticizing Keke and Nico Rosberg. After the repercussions linked to his sentences, Piquet defended himself by explaining that his words were misinterpreted.

The three-time F1 champion was then banned from the top-speed Circus paddock area, while all the major F1 teams expressed their support for Hamilton after Piquet's words. For his part, the British Mercedes driver used his social networks to reiterate that it is time for society to overcome these obsolete visions.

The action was brought by the National LGBTI Alliance, the Brazilian Association of Homose*ual Families, the Santo Dias Center for Human Rights of the Archdiocese of SP and Francisco de Assis: Education, Citizenship and Human Rights.

Judge Pedro Matos de Arruda said that the amount of compensation should be seen not only in its remedial function of civil liability, but also, and perhaps above all, in a punitive function, precisely because as a society, one day we can be free from pernicious acts of racism and homophobia.

The phrases of the former Brazilian F1 driver were released in an online interview in November 2021 and published by the Grand Prix portal in June of the following year.

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