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Pique used Portuguese-Brazilian racial insults to describe seven-time champion Hamilton when he tackled a high-speed collision involving Hamilton and Max Verstappen during last year’s Silverstone Grand Prix.

Verstappen is dating Piquet’s daughter, Kelly.

The racist term was used by the three-time Formula 1 world champion in November last year, but it only came to light recently, when the interview was released on Monday.

“I would like to clarify the news circulating in the media about a comment I made in an interview last year,” Pique said in a statement sent to CNN.

What I said was thoughtless, and I don’t defend it, but I will point out that the term used is historically and widely used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘guy’ or ‘person’ and was never intended to offend.

“I will never use the word I was accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that this word has been used by me with the aim of belittling the driver because of the color of his skin.

“I sincerely apologize to anyone who has been affected, including Lewis, who is a great driver, but the translation in some media that is now circulating on social media is not correct.

“Discrimination has no place in F1 or in society and I am happy to make my thoughts clear in this regard.”

On Tuesday, Formula 1, Mercedes and the FIA ​​condemned Pique for using racial slurs, Hamilton responded to Beckett’s comments in a series of tweets, writing: “Vamos focar em mudar a mindidade” – Portuguese for “Let’s focus on changing mentality.”

Hamilton, who has the most victories in Formula One history, said it was “time to act” on racism.

Red Bull has fired young driver Juri Phipps after investigating allegations of insulting racist use in a live game broadcast.

“It is more than a language. These are old mentalities [that] Hamilton said on Twitter: “I need a change and I don’t have a place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these situations and have targeted my whole life. There was plenty of time to learn. It’s time to act.”

Pique’s comments have been widely condemned in sports.

Teammate Brett George Russell spoke out to support his Mercedes teammate.

“Great respect for LH,” is wrote on Twitter. “He has done more for the sport than any driver in history, not only on the track but off it.

“The fact that he and so many others still have to deal with this behavior is unacceptable. We all need to stand together against discrimination of any kind.”

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc also responded to Pique’s comments, Post on TwitterKnowing Lewis since my arrival in Formula 1, he has always had great respect for me and everyone he met. These values ​​should be the standard towards anyone around the world.

“The comments made towards Lewis should not be tolerated, and we must continue to push for a more diverse and inclusive sport. We need to remove discriminatory behavior and racist language in any form not only from our sport, but from our society as well.”

In an emotional post on his Instagram story, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo said: “Discrimination and racism have no place in this sport or in our society. Those who still choose to spread hate and use these words are not my friends.”

“I want to express my appreciation to Lewis and all the work he has done both on and off the track not only to spread messages of equality but also to combat this hate.

“I’ve never dealt with any racially motivated acts, but he has done so his whole life. However, each time his response to hate is driven by maturity, positivity, and educating the world on how to act. I stand with him and I will do everything I can to follow and support.”

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