Hamilton ‘sad and disappointed’ at Ecclestone comments

Lewis Hamilton 'Sad and disappointing' to read Ecclestone comments

Bernie Ecclestone has claimed that black people are "more racist" than white people and said Formula One has been "too busy" to deal with racism in an astonishing television interview.

He went on to say, "Black people are more racist than what white people are".

Hamilton took to his Instagram feed in response to Ecclestone, posting, "Damn, I just don't even know where to start on this one".

"Bernie is out of the activity and a various generation but this is exactly what is erroneous - ignorant and uneducated opinions which show us how significantly we as a society will need to go just before real equality can come about", Hamilton wrote.

Hamilton has joined protests, set up The Hamilton Commission to increase diversity in motorsport and called out F1's "biggest stars" for "staying silent ... in the midst of injustice".

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

"She [Fabiana] said that is how I am with people, no matter they are black or white".

"Over the years, I have met a lot of white people I didn't like, but never a black person I didn't like". He added, "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".

Hamilton, the only black driver on the grid, hit back at Ecclestone. I think I could probably find a pass.

In an interview with CNN Sport released on Friday, Ecclestone downplayed the importance of racism in the sport and minimized the impact on Hamilton's career of the discrimination the six-time world champion claims to have endured.

After reading Ecclestone's repugnant comments, it was Hamilton himself who used his Instagram to target the CEO who left F1 in early 2017.

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.

Lewis Hamilton reacted to Bernie Ecclestone's freaky comments about racism. They suddenly jumped on this racism thing and Chase donated as much as a million dollars to that cause. People ought to think a little bit and think: 'Well, what the hell. "First he's very, very, very talented as a driver and he seems to be now extremely talented when he's standing up making speeches", Ecclestone said. "He's doing a great job and it's people like that - easily recognisable - that people listen to".

Hamilton went on to say that fans at a race in Spain in 2008 in blackface who wore t-shirts with "Hamilton's family" written across the front did "unacceptable damage". "I'm surprised that him concerned", said Ecclestone. I never thought that he did.

Speaking of the new paint-job, Hamilton said: "When I spoke to (team prinicpal) Toto (Wolff) about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united".



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