The week leading up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was ‘animated’ by outrage against a racist epithet used repeatedly by Nelson Piquet in November 2021 when the three-time world champion expressed his version of the facts relating to collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen during the first lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix.
At the Copse the cars of the duelists for the title ended up in contact with the Dutchman who had the worst, while thanks to the subsequent red flag, the Mercedes men were able to repair the few damages suffered by the seven-time world champion then winner of the race despite the ten second penalty inflicted by the Commissioners on Hamilton considered “predominantly guilty” in the accident with Verstappen.
F1, the FIA and most of the teams have taken sides condemning the words of Nelson Piquet, towards whom even the writer Paolo Coelho expressed all his disappointment. Red Bull has not officially expressed itself, but just yesterday came the formalization of the dismissal of Juri Vips, a pilot of the youth program who committed two discriminatory slips during a gaming session broadcast online in streaming.
Charles Leclerc wanted to entrust its thoughts on this matter to its social channels: “I have known Lewis since I came to F1 and he has always been extremely respectful to me and to all the people he met. This behavior should be the standard for everyone in the world. The words expressed towards him must not be tolerated and we must continue to work to ensure that F1 embraces diversity by becoming an increasingly inclusive sport. Racist and discriminatory language and behavior must be removed not only in our sport, but also within society “.
– Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) June 28, 2022
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