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F1: Nelson Piquet fined almost 900,000 euros after insulting Lewis Hamilton as a "little black"


LE SCAN SPORT – Former driver and three-time Formula 1 world champion, Nelson Piquet was fined very heavily after racist insults towards Lewis Hamilton, seven-time winner of the championship.

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 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 “

archaic attitudes

” which “

had to change


These are more than words

,” he had said.

Source: lefigaro

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