Tuesday, Lewis Hamilton spoke out against Nelson Piquet’s racial slurs directed at him. Nelson Piquet is a three-time Formula One champion. Piquet allegedly used a racial epithet towards Hamilton in November when discussing an on-track incident between the Mercedes driver and Red Bull opponent Max Verstappen, according to Archie Griggs of the Daily Express on Tuesday. Following the viral distribution of the interview’s footage on Twitter, Hamilton reacted.
Hamilton took to his Twitter account to opine on the matter. He wrote, “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. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.”
In view of this, Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion has made her opinion known to the public via Twitter. Osaka replied to Hamilton’s tweet with a caption that says, “Emphasis on “there has been plenty of time to learn.” The F1 sensation and Osaka have been close pals for a very long time. Lewis Hamilton had even previously stood up for Osaka and offered her support. So, it was expected of the Japanese to be by her friend’s side when he needed it the most, and Osaka did not let him down whatsoever.
Like Lewis Hamilton, Naomi Osaka is a victim of racism as well
As a former victim of racism in her own nation, Naomi Osaka has been outspoken about the issue ever since. After allegedly saying during a live event that Naomi Osaka, who just won the Pan Pacific Open at the weekend, “needed some bleach,” a comedy team from Japan and their management business issued an apology in 2019.
Japanese media said the duo known as ‘A Masso’ made the remark during a Sunday event, the same day that Osaka lifted her first trophy since winning the Australian Open in January, and also said that “she is too sunburnt.” However, both women apologised for making “inappropriate, hurtful remarks” in separate posts on the website of their management business, Watanabe Entertainment Co Ltd. They did not specifically mention Osaka, who is Haitian and Japanese, but instead apologised in general.