Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Ecclestone "absolutely sure" he will clear the air with Hamilton

Bernie Ecclestone responds to Lewis Hamilton's Instagram post Bernie Ecclestone says black people are often 'more racist' than white people
Cary Erickson | 30 June, 2020, 19:12

Although he says he understands that black people sometimes feel disadvantaged, in his view the debate has been taken over by radicals, which, in his view, exaggerates the situation.

Racing in the USA has been rocked by scandal in recent weeks after NASCAR's only full-time black driver found a noose in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway.

But Ecclestone said in the direction of F1 and Carey: 'I'm glad he said I have no involvement in Formula One, so I can't be credited with all the things they've not done.

Responding, Hamilton said he was disappointed and said it's no surprise that F1 lacks diversity given Ecclestone ran the sport for so long.

Ecclestone then went on to hit out at the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, suggesting many protesters had "no idea" what they were marching for, and accusing them of being "quasi-Marxists".

The six-time earth victor began by producing, "Damn, I just don't even know wherever to start with this one particular".

Six-times world champion Hamilton, who has launched a commission to help motorsport engage more young people from black backgrounds, said the "ignorant and uneducated" comments highlighted "exactly what is wrong". To create a wold that provides equal opportunity for minorities. "Somebody's not the same as White people and Black people should think the same about White people.' In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are".

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"At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone's comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society", the statement reads. "I will continue to use my voice to represent those who don't have one, and to speak for those who are underrepresented to provide an opportunity to have a chance in our sport". "It will just make people think, which is more important", Ecclestone said.

"First, he's very, very, very talented as a driver and he seems to be now extremely talented when's he standing up and making speeches".

"I don't think of Lewis as black or anything else".

When challenged to elaborate, Ecclestone was not able to point at one particular incident to vouch for his opinion, saying that he had simply "noticed" it over the years. I was called "Titch" (bitch) at school. It's not a good excuse not to be concerned but everybody's too busy doing things that they have to do on a day-to-day to think about something that doesn't directly affect them.

"I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black".

"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. They should've left them there.

"He sort of sounded off a little bit maybe without thinking, and he might have been in a mood where he thought he ought to say something".