The three-time world champion made further unsavoury comments in a 2021 podcast, beyond those brought to public attention on Monday
On Monday an interview from a podcast in 2021 was released of Piquet using a racial slur to describe Hamilton. The three-time champion in the 1980s was roundly vilified by the sport, with F1 and the FIA issuing statements condemning racism.
The Brazilian, whose daughter is the partner of Max Verstappen, has since been banned from the F1 paddock for life. Piquet had issued a statement saying his words had been “ill thought-out” but denying they were racist, claiming they had been mistranslated. His arguments were given little credence and now look all but hollow as further footage has emerged.
The Brazilian website Grande Prêmio said it had obtained a full copy of November’s podcast and in it Piquet repeated the racist epithet and added a homophobic slur, when discussing his former rival Keke Rosberg, his son Nico and Hamilton, who drove with the younger Rosberg. F1 had no intention of revoking its ban on Piquet despite his statement and these further details will surely ensure he never returns to the F1 paddock.
Horner claimed Red Bull felt their sacking of junior driver Juri Vips – who was also heard in a video using racist language – was more than enough of a message to send in the week that racial abuse became a hot topic in the F1 paddock again
Horner claimed Red Bull felt their sacking of junior driver Juri Vips – who was also heard in a video using racist language – was more than enough of a message to send in the week that racial abuse became a hot topic in the F1 paddock again.
I am not a Horner fan (in fact I can't stand him), but he said the same on Sky Sports yesterday.