Hamilton and racism, Nelson Piquet sentenced to a fine of 990 thousand euros - Corriere.it
Nelson Piquet, three-time Formula 1 world champion, to pay a hefty fine for racist insults against Lewis Hamilton
Apologies and explanations
Judge Pedro Matos de Arruda said that the amount of compensation should be seen not only in its remedial function of civil liability, but also (and perhaps above all) in a punitive function, precisely because as a society, one day we can be free from pernicious acts of racism and homophobia. Piquet had apologized for using the term neguinho, i.e. little negro, claiming that he had been misinterpreted. The three-time Formula 1 champion was later banned from the paddock, while all the major teams expressed their support for Hamilton: The term I used is used colloquially in Portuguese as a synonym for boy or person and was never meant to offend. I would never use the word I have been accused of in some translation. My heartfelt apologies to anyone who was impacted, including Lewis, what an incredible driver.
March 25, 2023 (change March 25, 2023 | 19:29)
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