F1 condemns Nelson Piquet's reported racial slur; Lewis Hamilton: 'Archaic mindsets' have to change

PARIS (AP) — Formula One great Lewis Hamilton said "archaic mindsets" have to change after retired champion Nelson Piquet reportedly used a racial slur against him.

Hamilton’s comments came after F1 and FIA condemned racist language.

"It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport.

 I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life," Hamilton tweeted on Tuesday. "There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action."

The only Black driver in F1, Hamilton is a seven-time world champion.

He also wrote in Portuguese, "Vamos focar em mudar a mentalidade" (Let’s focus on changing the mindset), and responded to another tweet 

which used an expletive about Piquet, a 69-year-old Brazilian who won three F1 titles.

Piquet used a racist word to describe Hamilton's skin colour in November on a YouTube podcast called Enerto.

He was talking about a crash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen at last year's British Grand Prix.

"Any kind of discriminatory or racist language is wrong and has no place in society. Lewis is a great representative for our sport and should be respected, "In a statement, F1 said.

 "His tireless work to increase diversity and inclusion is an example for many, and F1 is committed to doing the same."

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