Nelson Piquet’s controversial interview continues to make waves. New excerpts from the interview with the former F1 champion, dating from November 2021, have been revealed in the Brazilian press, in which he made not only racist but also homophobic remarks towards Lewis Hamilton.
Three black deputies from the left-wing PSOL party also revealed to AFP on Saturday that they had filed a complaint with the Brasilia prosecutor’s office, demanding legal proceedings against the ex-Brazilian pilot.
According to a first excerpt from the interview at Motorsports.com, which resurfaced on the Internet on Tuesday, the three-time world champion (1981, 1983, 1987) had used the word ” little black “ (“neguinho” in Brazilian) to talk about Hamilton discussing an accident involving Briton and Dutchman Max Verstappen on the first lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix.
In another extract, revealed on Friday by the specialized site Grandepremio.com, Piquet uses the same term again, but also makes homophobic remarks towards Hamilton, to speak of his rivalry with the German driver Nico Rosberg, when they were both members of the Mercedes team.
By the way, he also insults Keke Rosberg
He also insults Nico’s father, Keke Rosberg, against whom he raced in the 1980s, and whom he describes as a ” shit “. Before launching into a comment of a racist, sexual and homophobic nature targeting Hamilton again.
On Wednesday, Piquet, enthusiastic supporter of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, had “wholeheartedly apologised” with the British pilot, but had relativized his racist remarks, considering that they had been “mistranslated” by some international media.
His remarks were widely condemned in the F1 world, by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), by Formula 1, the organizer of the World Championship, and by teams and other drivers.