“World champion Lewis Hamilton has criticised statements made by former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone about racism as “ignorant and uneducated.” If someone who has run the sport for decades understands so little of the profound problems that black people face every day, how can we expect understanding from the people who work under it,” the 35-year-old Briton wrote on Instagram. Earlier, Ecclestone had claimed in a CNN interview that in many cases black people are more racist than white people.
“Damn, I don’t even know where to start,” Hamilton began his reaction. The 89-year-old Ecclestone is no longer part of Formula One and from a different generation, but his comments would show what went wrong. “It makes perfect sense to me now why nothing has been said or done to make our sport more diverse or to counter the racist attacks I have been subjected to throughout my career,” Hamilton wrote.
Previously, Formula One had already distanced itself from Ecclestone in sharp form. “At a time when unity is required to attack racism and inequality, we do not agree at all with what Bernie Ecclestone said,” it said in a statement. Ecclestone no longer plays a role in Formula One.
Hamilton: “Time for change has come”
In the interview, the long-serving executive of the racing series had praised Hamilton’s use of racism, but denied discriminating against black people in Formula One.
Hamilton, meanwhile, reiterated: “The time for change has come.” In recent weeks, the Mercedes driver had repeatedly publicly supported the Black Lives Matter movement. He also accused Formula One of being a “white-dominated” sport and set up a commission to pave the way for more black people to enter Formula One.
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