Formula 1: Broad solidarity with Lewis Hamilton after Nelson Piquet’s racist abuse

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Nelson Piquet won the Formula 1 world title three times in 1981, 1983 and 1987.

British motorsport champion Lewis Hamilton says “the messy mentality needs a change” and has no place in Formula 1, after three-time world champion Nelson Piquet used racist language in his speech.

The 69-year-old Brazilian athlete, who won the world title in 1981, 1983 and 1987, used a racially offensive sentence in his reference to Hamilton during a podcast.

Pique’s statement was met with a wave of condemnation, in particular from the participating teams in Formula 1, the Mercedes team, of which Hamilton is a part, and by the International Automobile Federation.

“It’s more than just language,” said Hamilton, the seven-time world champion. He added: “This messy mindset needs change and has no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded and targeted by these situations all my life.”

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