Lewis Hamilton hails the Brazilian government for ‘holding Nelson Piquet to account’ after the retired driver was handed a £780,000 fine for using racist and homophobic language towards the seven-time world champion
- Nelson Piquet has been fined for using racist and homophobic language
- He was ordered to pay £780,000 for comments made about Lewis Hamilton
- Hamilton has praised the Brazilian government for ‘holding Piquet to account’
Lewis Hamilton praised Brazilian authorities for handing triple Formula One champion Nelson Piquet a huge fine for using racist and homophobic language in comments about the Mercedes driver.
A Brazilian court last week ordered Piquet to pay five million Brazilian reals (£780,000) in ‘moral damages’ for remarks about Hamilton in interviews in 2021 and 2016.
‘I still believe that we generally shouldn’t be giving people that are just full of hate a platform, Hamilton told reporters at Albert Park ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.
‘I’d like to acknowledge the Brazil government, I think it’s pretty amazing what they’ve done in holding someone accountable, showing people that that is not tolerated.
‘Racism and homophobia is not acceptable, and there is no place for it within our society. So I love that they’ve shown that they stand for something.’
Lewis Hamilton has praised the Brazilian government after they fined Nelson Piquet for racist and homophobic language
The three-time Formula One world champion has been fined £780,000 for comments made about Hamilton
Brazilian Piquet, 70, apologised to seven-times world champion Hamilton last year and said he had been mistranslated by some media.
Hamilton, who was recently awarded honorary Brazilian citizenship, is the sport’s only Black driver.
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