Three-time System 1 world champion Nelson Piquet has been ordered to pay 5 million Brazilian Reals (£780,000) for making racist and homophobic feedback about Lewis Hamilton.
The 70-year-old Brazilian used a racially offensive time period in referring to Hamilton in an interview in 2021.
Hamilton known as for “archaic mindsets” to vary after the footage surfaced.
Piquet later apologised for his “ill-thought-out” racially abusive comment concerning the British Mercedes driver.
System 1, Hamilton’s Mercedes staff and world motorsport governing physique the FIA condemned Piquet’s feedback the place he mentioned the accident between Hamilton and Pink Bull driver Max Verstappen, who’s the companion of Piquet’s daughter, on the primary lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix.
Piquet stated he “made no defence” of the remarks, however added the time period he used “is one which has broadly and traditionally been used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘man’ or ‘individual’ and was by no means supposed to offend”.
In one other interview that surfaced later, Piquet used racist and homophobic language when describing how Hamilton missed out on the 2016 championship to Nico Rosberg.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton is the game’s solely black driver.
The fees in opposition to Piquet have been introduced by 4 human rights teams, together with Brazil’s Nationwide LGBT+ Alliance, which needed Piquet to pay 10 million Brazilian Reals for alleged ethical damages.
A Brazilian court docket dominated on Friday he should pay 5 million Brazilian Reals ($953,000), with Decide Pedro Matos de Arrudo saying the quantity of compensation was given “in order that, as a society, we will sometime be free from the pernicious acts which are racism and homophobia”.