The internet was taken by storm yesterday by frenzied Formula 1 fans as a shocking interview was unearthed from last year’s British Grand Prix in Silverstone. In the interview, three-time World Champion Nelson Piquet Sr has allegedly used racial slurs while addressing Lewis Hamilton when he was discussing the Silverstone collision between the Mercedes racer and his then-Championship rival Max Verstappen.
While Formula 1 is striving to become inclusive, Nelson Piquet’s comments on Lewis Hamilton, the only Black racer to have gotten the super license to drive in Formula 1, has scarred all the motorsports enthusiasts who used to hold Piquet with high regards. As a Brazilian racer, Piquet has been widely celebrated as one of the most skilled racers in F1, but his recently unearthed interview has made him infamous. Now, many of the F1 fans as well as journalists and other people associated with the sport are calling for immediate intervention by the FIA to ban Piquet from ever entering the paddocks again.
In the middle of all this, Daniel Ricciardo has given his statement regarding this matter on his Instagram page.
Daniel Ricciardo speaks out in support of Lewis Hamilton, calls his response “mature”
McLaren recruit Daniel Ricciardo has posted an Instagram story to address the issue that all the motorsports enthusiasts were discussing on social media in the last two days. Many of the F1 racers have come out in support of Lewis Hamilton and they have all spoken out against Nelson Piquet, who used racial abuses directed at Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo only had praises for the British F1 Champion when he gave his take on the issue.
In his Instagram story, Daniel Ricciardo said, “Each time his response to the hate is motivated by maturity, positivity and educating the world on how we should act.”
Further, he has stated he acknowledges “all the work he has done both on and off the track to not only spread messages of equality but combat that hate.”