Former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet was fined 945,000 dollars, or around 876,000 euros, on Saturday for racist remarks made against Briton Lewis Hamilton, whom he had called “neguinho” ( little black) in an interview.
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A court in Brasilia ruled that these "
" remarks constituted a "
serious offense to the fundamental values of society
" and condemned the former triple world champion to pay five million reais for "
collective moral damages
The money will be donated to associations fighting against discrimination.
Nelson Piquet, 70, F1 world champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987, used the word "neguinho" in a 2021 interview with Motosports.com in which he criticized Hamilton's role in a clash with the Dutchman Max Verstappen, her daughter's boyfriend, at the British Grand Prix the same year.
Hamilton, seven-time world champion, then denounced “
” which “
had to change
These are more than words
,” he had said.