$1.9 Million Damages Slapped on Nelson Piquet for Horrific Acts Against Lewis Hamilton as Brazil Takes a Stand for Adopted Son

Published 03/08/2023, 1:30 PM EST

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Back in the day, Nelson Piquet was an idol for Brazilians as he rose to the very top of the Formula 1 hierarchy with three exquisite championships. The ex-Brabham and Williams man rivaled the likes of countryman Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, and Nigel Mansell for glory. But talent can get you only so far. It is common knowledge in the F1 community that even though Piquet was a gifted driver; he was and still is a contentious character. His temperament and controversial sometimes bordering on hateful and insulting comments have gotten him in trouble on more than one occasion. But when he messed with Lewis Hamilton, he should’ve known there would be trouble.

The 70-year-old former Brazilian racing ace has made a series of comments against many prominent people in the past. But this one incident where he crossed the line with 7x champion Lewis Hamilton may have finally put him in a dire legal mess. This becomes even more damning for the man as Hamilton is now, officially, a Brazilian asset.

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O Globo reporter, Ancelmo Gois was quoted as saying, “The Public Ministry of the Federal District presented an opinion to the Justice, yesterday, where it requests the condemnation of the ex-pilot Nelson Piquet for the prejudiced comment about the also pilot Lewis Hamilton, made during an interview.” [translated via Google Translate]


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This comes after Piquet’s racially charged comments against Hamilton where Piquet “is accused of racism and homophobia when he refers to Hamilton, at various times, as “little black man”, in addition to insinuating that he would have homoaffective relationships to achieve success.”

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Whatever decision the judicial system of Brazil shall take against Piquet can only be speculated at the moment. However, the Brazilian may also find himself in a financial crisis worth $1.9 million soon.

Nelson Piquet sued for $1.9 million for comments against Lewis Hamilton


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For the comments Piquet made against Hamilton, he already faces an uphill legal tussle. But to add insult to injury, the Brazilian may also find himself at a financial loss due to his oversight, as reported by Gois.


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He revealed, “Piquet is the target of a public civil action filed by entities and social organizations, cases of Educafro and the National LGBTI+ Alliance, which asked for compensation of R$10 million [$1.9 million] as a form of reparation for collective moral damages.”


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Written by:

Anirban Aly Mandal


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Anirban Aly Mandal is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. In his pursuit for a Bachelor's degree in Law from Symbiosis Law School, he has written multiple academic papers centered around the domain of motorsports. Not only that, but due to his love for F1, he aims to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world some day.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai