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Piquet to be hit with another ban following Hamilton racial slur

Piquet to be hit with another ban following Hamilton racial slur

Piquet to be hit with another ban following Hamilton racial slur

Piquet to be hit with another ban following Hamilton racial slur

The British Racing Drivers' Club has suspended Nelson Piquet from his honorary membership in the wake of his racist remarks towards Lewis Hamilton.

The BRDC has confirmed it is now almost certain the three-time F1 champion's membership will be revoked after he twice used a derogatory remark to describe Hamilton in a podcast interview last year.

The Club's decision comes in the wake of F1 deciding Piquet will no longer be welcomed in the paddock at future grand prix events.

A statement read: "The BRDC board of directors has noted that, in a Brazilian podcast last November, Nelson Piquet Senior, an honorary member of the BRDC, described Lewis Hamilton using a racially offensive expression in Portuguese.

"The apology issued yesterday by Mr Piquet Sr has also been noted.

"In view of the BRDC’s zero-tolerance policy towards any act involving or suggesting racism, the BRDC board has concluded that Mr Piquet Sr’s use of racially offensive language to describe a fellow BRDC member [and seven-times world champion] is unacceptable and represents conduct that is wholly inappropriate for an honorary member of the BRDC, notwithstanding his subsequent apology.

"Accordingly, we have advised Mr Piquet Sr that his membership has been suspended with immediate effect.

"Following the club’s due process, it is anticipated that the board will terminate Mr Piquet Sr’s membership at a board meeting to be held after the required seven-day notice period."

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