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‘Older Voices’ Shouldn’t Be Given Platform, Hamilton Hits Hard On Nelson Piquet, Racist Issue Lingers

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On Thursday ahead of the British GP, Hamilton faced the media for the first time following Piquet’s comments surfaced, with the Brazilian former F1 champion having used a racially offensive term when referring to Hamilton. Piquet apologised on Wednesday and said his comments from November last year were “ill thought out” – but denied any racial intent. Hamilton had already posted on social media that “archaic mindsets need to change” in response to Piquet, 69, and he expanded at Silverstone. “I’ve been on the receiving end of racism, criticism, negativity, archaic narratives and undertones of discrimination for a long, long time, and there’s nothing really particularly new for me,” the seven-time F1 champion said. “It’s more about the bigger picture.

 

 

“I don’t know why we are continuing to give these older voices a platform. “They’re speaking upon our sport and we’re looking to go somewhere completely different. If we’re looking to grow in the US, other countries, South Africa, we need to look to the future and give the younger people a platform, who are more representative of today’s time. “it’s not just about one individual, it’s not about the one use of that term, it’s the bigger picture.” Hamilton, in a measured media briefing ahead of his home race, also made reference to Sir Jackie Stewart, 83, calling on him to retire, and Bernie Ecclestone’s (91) recent defence of Piquet and Russian President Vladamir Putin.

 

 

people a platform,” he stated. “Discrimination is not something we should be projecting and promoting, giving a platform to divide people. “We need to be bringing people together, we are all the same. “It is not helpful, the comments we are seeing from some people. I don’t think there’s been a day gone by where people who are older – who haven’t been relevant in our sport for decades – haven’t being saying negative things and trying to bring me down.

 

 

“But I’m still here, I’m still standing strong, I’m focused on my work and really trying to push for diversity and inclusion in our organisation.” Hamilton was then asked if he had lost respect for those ‘older voices’. “I’ve always tried to take the high road, I’ve always tried to be respectful to these individuals,” he said. “But as I was saying before, why do we give these guys a platform? They’re not with the times, they’re clearly not willing to change.

 

 

“These times of discrimination and micro aggressions, in today’s world it’s just not helpful and it’s creating more divide. “I love how Michelle Obama says ‘when they go low, go high’ so I try to continue to do that, I’m inspired by people like that. “I’m still here, it’s not going to deter me from what I think is right and doing what I love, which is working in this sport.”

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