Footage has emerged of Piquet giving his opinion on the current Brazilian presidential election, which has seen Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva return to workplace by narrowly defeating Jair Bolsonaro.
Piquet is a giant supporter of Bolsonaro, who holds a far-right political stance.
Within the video, Piquet mentioned: “it’s Lula within the cemetery,” referring to the brand new president.
Because of this, The federal prosecutor’s workplace in Brasilia has opened an investigation in opposition to Piquet for his feedback.
In accordance with Fox Sports activities, they may “examine Piquet for alleged incitation to violence and for exciting rifts between the army and different branches of energy.”
It’s not the primary time this 12 months Piquet has been below fireplace for his controversial feedback.
A video emerged earlier this 12 months of Piquet utilizing racist and homophobic language in opposition to Lewis Hamilton.
Piquet then issued a public apology, claiming his phrases had been misinterpreted.
“I want to clear up the tales circulating within the media a couple of remark I made in an interview final 12 months,” he mentioned in a press release.
“What I mentioned was in poor health thought out, and I make no defence for it. However I’ll make clear that the time period used is one which has been extensively and traditionally used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for ‘man’ or ‘individual’ and was not supposed to offend.
“I’d by no means use the phrase I’ve been accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that the phrase was utilized by me with the goal of belittling a driver due to the color of his pores and skin.
“I apologise wholeheartedly to anybody that was affected, together with Lewis, who’s an unimaginable driver, however the translation in some media that’s now circulating on social media is just not right. Discrimination has no place in society and I’m glad to make clear my ideas in that respect.”
Piquet continues to have free ties to F1 together with his daughter, Kelly Piquet, at the moment in a relationship with Max Verstappen.