Verstappen claims Piquet is not racist as Hamilton tells F1 to do more on diversity

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  • Former driver Piquet used racist epithet about Hamilton
  • Hamilton hits out at ‘older voices’ for holding sport back

Max Verstappen has defended Nelson Piquet over the former world champion’s use of a racial slur against Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen, the world champion, admitted Piquet’s words were not correct but insisted the 69-year-old Brazilian is not a racist. Hamilton, meanwhile, has demanded Formula One and its teams take action against racism and to promote diversity, saying “older voices” are holding the sport back.

Piquet is the father of Verstappen’s partner, Kelly, and has been roundly condemned for his use of a racist epithet earlier this week. He has since apologised and insisted the phrase he used was mistranslated, but speaking before this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Verstappen conceded Piquet was at fault.

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Written by Giles Richards
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/30/formula-one-lewis-hamilton-demands-action-not-empty-words-promote-diversity under the title “Verstappen claims Piquet is not racist as Hamilton tells F1 to do more on diversity”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.