The issue of racism takes center stage in F1. It all starts with a post published on Twitter from the official F1 account: “Discriminatory and racist language is unacceptable, it cannot find space in any form within society. Lewis is an incredible ambassador of our sport and deserves respect. I his tireless efforts to promote inclusion and diversity are a lesson for many people and F1 is also involved and committed in this direction. ” Shortly after, an official statement from the FIA arrived which aligns with the F1 note: “The FIA strongly condemns any racist or discriminatory language and behavior, they must not find space in sport or in society in general. We express our solidarity with Lewis Hamilton and we fully support its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in motorsport. ” Formula 1 and the FIA are turning to Nelson Piquet, a former Brazilian driver, three-time world champion, father of Kelly (the girlfriend of Max Verstappen). In November 2021, after the accident at Silverstone between Hamilton and Verstappen, Piquet had uttered racist phrases against the British Mercedes: “The n … etto put the car so that Max could not swerve. The n .. .etto did it because he knew that two of them couldn’t do that corner. He was lucky that only the other car crashed, it acted dirty. ” These statements, which had faded into the background in 2021, are now back in circulation on the eve of the Silverstone GP. After the official announcements of F1 and Fia, the words of Lewis Hamilton on social media also arrived: “It is not simply a question of language. These archaic mentalities must change and cannot find space in our sport. I have been surrounded and targeted by these. attitudes all my life. We have had a lot of time to learn, now is the time to act. Let’s focus on a change of mentality. “
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