Max Verstappen makes bold 'not a racist' defence of Nelson Piquet in Lewis Hamilton row


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Max Verstappen has defended Nelson Piquet after the Brazilian world champion made an apparent racist remark about Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman has claimed Piquet, who is the father of his girlfriend Kelly Piquet, was “definitely not a racist” and said he was a “really nice guy”.

However, he criticised the three-time champion’s choice of words which he branded as “offensive”. He said: “I’ve spent a bit of time with Nelson – more than the average person in general – and he’s definitely not a racist. He’s actually a really nice and relaxed guy.

“The wording which was used – even though there are different kinds of cultures and it’s probably something they said when they were younger – was not correct. He knows that himself. I don’t think he needs me to tell him what is right and what isn’t.

“Let it be a lesson for the future not to use that word because it’s very offensive.

“It can be interpreted in two ways and people pick up on the bad side and of course it gets really blown out of proportion. People label him as a racist now which I don’t think he is, but I fully agree of course you cannot use these words.”


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