Lewis Hamilton on Thursday applauded the massive fine handed down to the three-time Formula One champion Nelson Piquet for racist comments about the British driver, people say “full of hate” should not be accepted.
Piquet was fined US$945,000 last weekend for calling Hamilton “neguinho” (“little black”) in an interview in 2021.
In delivering its verdict, the court in Brasilia ruled that the “intolerable” comments constitute a “serious crime against the values of society”.
World champion in 1981, 1983 and 1987, Piquet used the term while criticizing Hamilton’s role in the collision with Max Verstappen, his daughter Kelly’s boyfriend, at the British Grand Prix in the same year.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton Praise Brazil for its action.
“I still believe that generally we should not give people who are full of hate a place,” he said in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
“I want to show the government of Brazil, I think it’s amazing what they did to hold someone accountable, to show people that they don’t accept it.
“Racism and sexism are unacceptable, and there is no place for it in our society. So I’m glad they’re showing that they stand for something.”
Piquet, 70, was convicted of “collateral damage” and the money donated to groups fighting against racism.
He issued an apology, saying his words were wrong but he didn’t mean to offend.
However, the court did not uphold the conclusion that “the absence of intent cannot justify discriminatory behavior against individuals.” small”.