Friday, 07 August, 2020

Lewis Hamilton slams 'ignorant and uneducated' Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone says black people are often 'more racist' than white people F1's Bernie Ecclestone Says Black People Are More Racist Than Whites, 'I've Noticed'
Cary Erickson | 29 June, 2020, 14:13

Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that he does not care if someone is "yellow, green, brown or pink" after being cold-shouldered by his successor as Formula One boss, Chase Carey, for saying that "a lot of black people are more racist than white people".

Calls have intensified for Formula 1 to ban Ecclestone, but the 89-year-old was having none of it, in trademark style.

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

Ecclestone was removed from his position as chief executive of F1 when United States group Liberty Media bought the commercial rights to the sport in January 2017.

"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".

"If someone who had run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep rooted issues we as Black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand".

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has also launched his own commission to aid the push for diversity and encourage "real, tangible and measurable change". I will not cease pushing to build an inclusive foreseeable future for our sport with equal chance for all.

Former Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone is credited with transforming Formula One into a global, billion-dollar business with races in all corners of the world, but the sport he helped create has come under scrutiny following George Floyd's death.

The comments generated headlines across the world, and sparked a swift response from the current ownership of Formula 1, Liberty Media, with an official statement slamming Ecclestone for his remarks. His title of chairman emeritus, which was honorific, expired in June 2020'.

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Ecclestone said: "I am not anti black people". I think I could probably find a pass.

"I can honestly say I've never met a black person and said "I don't like that guy".

Ecclestone had told CNN in an interview that "in lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are".

Lewis Hamilton had put out a long Instagram post, highlighting how if the men at the top do not really consider racism an issue, it would affect the sport as a whole.

"This last campaign he's doing for Black people is wonderful".

"She [Fabiana] said that is how I am with people, no matter they are black or white". 'Ban me from races?' said Ecclestone, who remains in close contact with a number of race promoters and teams.

"I am not anti black people".

"I don't know why the people did all of that anyway".

When further questioned by CNN regarding the statement, Ecclestone replied he didn't have evidence to support his belief, but had "noticed" it over the years.