Bernie Ecclestone 'surprised' Lewis Hamilton hasn’t 'brushed aside' Nelson Piquet slur

“People say things… if people happen to be a little bit overweight, or undersized like me, I’m quite sure a lot of people have made remarks about that. If I’d have heard it, I’d have been able to deal with it myself without too much trouble.

“I’m surprised Lewis hasn’t just brushed it aside. Or, better than that, replied. But he’s now come out and Nelson has apologised. So everybody seems, or should be, happy.”

Racism in motorsport has been brought back into sharp focus by the footage of Piquet, as well as F2 star Juri Vips who was released from his Red Bull contract on Tuesday after using a racist slur during a gaming live stream.