Three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet, Max Verstappen’s father-in-law, has been fined 5 million Brazilian real for racist and homophobic comments about Lewis Hamilton.
A Brazilian court sentenced Nelson Piquet to pay the fine of 5 million Brazilian real, about 900,000 euros, after four human rights organizations sued him after Piquet made offensive comments about Lewis Hamilton during a podcast in 2021.
Piquet’s comments came in response to the collision between Hamilton and Verstappen during the British GP. In November 2021, the incident in question that had taken place earlier that year was once again reviewed. Piquet is said to have said the word ‘neguinho’ during the podcast, a Brazilian word that is equivalent to ‘nigger’. Homophobic remarks also appeared in the same fragment. Piquet himself denied in a response that he had made racist remarks.
The three-time Formula 1 world champion apologized for the “ill-considered comments” he had made. When the fragment was made public, Formula 1 and the FIA strongly condemned deliberate statements. At the time, Max Verstappen stood up for his father-in-law, the father of his girlfriend Kelly Piquet. Verstappen defended Nelson Piquet by stating that he knows him differently and that according to him Nelson is not a racist at all.
But now a Brazilian court has also sentenced Piquet to a heavy fine. The almost 1 million euros will go to funds that are committed to equality and inclusiveness.