F1 – Hamilton: Prison sentence following the controversy?
In the turmoil since last week and the disclosure of an interview in which he makes racist remarks against Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Sr could face a prison sentence, since three Brazilian politicians have filed a complaint against the triple Formula 1 world champion.
After 52 crazy laps, it’s finally Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) who won the British Grand Prix ahead of Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (mercedes). A race weekend tarnished by a very sad controversy concerning a case of racism. Last Tuesday, an interview with Nelson Piquet Sr dating from November 2021 was unveiled by the Brazilian media Grandepremio.com on social networks. An interview where the triple world champion of Formula 1 (in 1981, 1983 and 1987) clearly went off the rails, using racist lyrics against hamilton.
F1 – Silverstone: Racism, homophobia, bullshit… Hamilton’s crazy weekend https://t.co/BGX9E60xOo pic.twitter.com/SgW8mH2vbW
— le10sport (@le10sport) July 4, 2022
Piquet Sr insults Hamilton
In the interview in question, Nelson Piquet Sr came back to the accident between Lewis Hamilton and his son-in-law Max Verstappen that took place in the first round of the Silverstone Grand Prix 2021. After a collision between the two men, the Dutchman’s single-seater spun and violently ended its race in the tire wall at more than 200km / h, without the gravel trap managing to slow the car . An accident which was one of the highlights of last season, and on which Sr stake did not mince his words, even to the point of skidding: “The little black guy put his car in and left it because there was no way he could pass (and have) two cars on that bend” he said, the term little black « (neguinho in Portuguese) designating Lewis Hamilton.
“The time has come to act”
This excerpt has not failed to go around the world, and the words of Sr stake to be condemned by the International Automobile Federation, as well as by a large number of drivers and teams. lewis Hamiltonnot he himself also reacted on his account Twitterwriting: “These are more than words. These archaic mentalities must change and have no place in our sport. I have been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted all my life. I had plenty of time to learn. The time has come to act”. Precisely, the actions of political figures could well constrain Nelson Piquet Sr to spend time in prison.
Piquet Sr behind bars?
Indeed, the insults of Nelson Piquet Sr against Lewis Hamilton could be very expensive for the Brazilian. In effect, Aurea Carolina, Taliria Petrone and Vivi Reisthree deputies of the Socialist Party of Brazil, filed a complaint for « racial crime » with the prosecutors of Brasilia against the former pilot as reported by the Daily Express. The latter could therefore be the subject of an investigation. Moreover, if the case is taken to court and he is convicted, Sr stake could face a sentence of up to three years in prison and a heavy fine. Case to follow.