Lewis Hamilton saddened and hurt by Bernie Ecclestone’s racism comments

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

In a reference to the ongoing Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests sweeping the United States and many other countries in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd in police detention, Ecclestone had claimed that "black people are more racist than white people".

The 6-time globe champion began by writing, "Damn, I just will not even know wherever to get started with this a single". Bernie is out of sports and from a different generation, but this is exactly what's wrong: ignorant and rude comments that show us how far we need to go as a society for true equality " Wrote the 35-year-old pilot.

Taking to Instagram Stories, Hamilton hit back at Ecclestone's comments, but said he could understand the lack of action to address diversity or racism through his F1 career that started in 2007.

"I do not assume it is going to do just about anything poor or good for Formula 1", he stated.

"For me, it makes complete sense that nothing can be done, it was said, in order to make our Sport more versatile, or the racist abuse that I have experienced during my career", says Hamilton with a view to Eccles tone, the time at the top of the king class, which ended only in 2017.

"For me, and so many others around the world, seeing George Floyd's murder triggered a sense of deep pain, anguish and frustration", said the only black driver in racing, now representing the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. "I will continue to use my voice to represent those that don't have one, and to speak for those who are underrepresented to provide an opportunity to have a chance in our sport".

Lewis Hamilton has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

His comments were condemned by the sport, and Hamilton branded his words as "ignorant and uneducated".

Ecclestone left Formula One in 2017, losing his position as chief executive after F1's takeover by Liberty media in 2016.

Ecclestone - no stranger to controversy - made the remark as he reviewed a fee established up by Hamilton in an effort and hard work to boost variety in the activity.

In addition, Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey announced Thursday that he had made a personal donation of $1 million towards a foundation to promote and improve diversity in the sport. However, Ecclestone said in his interview with CNN that he should never have taken it seriously. I never thought he did. People ought to think a little bit and think: 'Well, what the hell. I didn't think it affected him'.

Ecclestone also said he should not be criticised for his comments because the first black man to drive in Forumula 1, Willie B. Tibbs, drove for him. "They might want to try it in Russian Federation [where Ecclestone enjoys a close personal relationship with Vladimir Putin]".

Asked if F1 should have done more over time to fight racism, Ecclestone replied "they're too busy trying to win races or find sponsors, so really other things have little if any interest".

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