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SPORT NEWS – Piquet gives apology to Hamilton, claims racially-offensive translation is wrong

Piquet gives apology to Hamilton, claims racially-offensive translation is wrong


Nelson Piquet has apologized to Lewis Hamilton for offending him together with his language in a podcast however insists the phrase he used has been wrongly translated.

When discussing Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s conflict within the 2021 British Grand Prix, and evaluating it to Ayrton Senna colliding with Alain Prost in Japan in 1990, Piquet used the Portuguese time period “neguinho” to explain Hamilton. Whereas he has provided an apology to Hamilton, the three-time Components 1 world champion says translating the time period into the n-word in English is wrong.

“I want to clear up the tales circulating within the media a few remark I made in an interview final yr,” Piquet stated in a press release. “What I stated was unwell thought out, and I make no protection for it, however I’ll make clear that the time period used is one which has extensively and traditionally been used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘man’ or ‘particular person’ and was by no means supposed to offend.

“I’d by no means use the phrase I’ve been accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that the phrase was utilized by me with the intention of belittling a driver due to his pores and skin coloration.

“I apologize wholeheartedly to anybody that was affected, together with Lewis, who’s an unbelievable driver, however the translation in some media that’s now circulating on social media shouldn’t be appropriate. Discrimination has no place in F1 or society and I’m comfortable to make clear my ideas in that respect.”

Components 1, the FIA, Mercedes and plenty of F1 groups got here out in assist of Hamilton on Tuesday following the circulation of the unique quotes, in addition to the likes of Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo and George Russell with statements of their very own.

“Understanding Lewis since I arrived in Components 1, he has all the time been variety and respectful to me and everybody that he meets,” Leclerc wrote. “These values ought to be the usual in direction of anyone world wide.

“The feedback made in direction of Lewis shouldn’t be tolerated, and we must always proceed to push for a extra numerous and inclusive sport. We have to take away discriminatory conduct and racist language in any kind from not simply our sport, however our society as effectively.”

Ricciardo added how impressed he has been with the way in which Hamilton has dealt with discrimination up to now and tried to make use of F1 as a platform for progress.

“Discrimination and racism has no place on this sport or our society,” Ricciardo posted. “Those that nonetheless select to unfold hate and use these phrases are not any good friend of mine. I wish to acknowledge Lewis and all of the work he has carried out each on and off the monitor to not solely unfold messages of equality however fight that hate.

“I’ve by no means handled any racially motivated actions, however he has for his total life. But, every time his response to the hate is motivated by maturity, positivity and educating the world on how we must always act.

“I stand with him and can do no matter I can to observe and assist.”

F1 is known to be contemplating additional motion towards Piquet together with a ban from the paddock, however has to this point not decide having been ready for the Brazilian’s response.

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SPORT NEWS – Piquet gives apology to Hamilton, claims racially-offensive translation is wrong
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