Lewis Hamilton: 'Sad and disappointing' to browse Ecclestone remarks

Tanya Simon
June 30, 2020

Six-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has taken to social media to express his "sadness and disappointment" at comments made by former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in an interview over the issue of racism.

When asked to back up his claim that "black people are more racist than white people, ' Mr Ecclestone said it was something he had 'noticed".

Lewis wrote on Instagram: "So sad and disappointing to read these comments".

Speaking with CNN last week, Ecclestone initially commended Hamilton for launching his own commission to deal with diversity and inequality within motorsport, and for the active role he has taken with regard to the Black Lives Matter campaign.

"I think they need to start being taught at school", said Ecclestone.

"It will make complete perception to me now that nearly nothing was reported or carried out to make our sport extra assorted or to deal with the racial abuse I received during my job".

He later went on to say that black people are more racist towards white people than the other way around and criticised protestors pulling down statues of historical figures in the United Kingdom who were accused of making their riches through slavery.

"Over the years, I have met a lot of white people I didn't like, but never a black person I didn't like. I will proceed to use my voice to stand for all those who never have just one, and to converse for individuals who are underrepresented to present an possibility to have a opportunity in our sport". I think that's the same for everybody.

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Ecclestone was seen as the man in charge of Formula One for almost 40 years, until Liberty Media completed its £6.4bn takeover of the sport in 2017.

Hamilton slammed the comments as "ignorant and uneducated", and pointed out that the man who made them was perhaps the chief reason why Formula One refrained from changing racism within the sport.

Ecclestone felt compelled to defend himself after all the criticism and in an interview with the Mail on Sunday he emphasized that he has nothing at all against black people and gives examples of situations in which he just proved to be "colour blind". "Lewis is a little bit special".

Bernie Ecclestone does not think Lewis Hamilton's efforts to encourage diversity in motorsport will have a tangible impact on F1 as he relayed to CNN.

Commenting the ongoing marches protesting systemic racism and police brutality against African Americans, Ecclestone claimed that most people attending them "probably wouldn't know" what they were protesting about.

Also posted Hamilton had made a picture for you to see on the Fans are, with a winter test in Spain in the year 2008 about his skin color amusing. "I'm surprised that him concerned", said Ecclestone.

"I'm surprised if anyone in Formula One, certainly the teams and the people like the promoters, have any concern about this".

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