Three-time Method 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 alter after the footage surfaced.
Piquet later apologised for his “ill-thought-out” racially abusive comment in regards to the British Mercedes driver.
Method 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 Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen, who’s the accomplice 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 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”.
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 towards Piquet had been introduced by 4 human rights teams, together with Brazil’s Nationwide LGBT+ Alliance, which wished 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 might be racism and homophobia”.