Formula 1 authorities state they “completely disagree” with comments made by the sport’s previous chief executive Bernie Ecclestone that Black individuals were often more racist than white individuals.
” In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what white people are,” Ecclestone stated in an interview with CNN.
Soon after the interview, F1 officals rapidly distanced themselves from Ecclestone.
” At a time when unity is needed to deal with racism and inequality, we entirely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments that have no place in Solution 1 or society,” they stated in a declaration.
” Mr Ecclestone has actually played no role in the sport considering that he left our organisation in 2017, his title Chairman Emeritus, being honorific ended, in January 2020.”
Six-times world champ Lewis Hamilton likewise condemned Ecclestone for “oblivious” remarks
” It makes total sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more varied or to deal with the racial abuse I got throughout my career,” added the Briton on Instagram.
” If someone who has actually run the sport for years has such an absence of understanding of the deep routed [sic] problems we as Black individuals handle every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to comprehend. It begins at the top.”
Previously this month Hamilton was “entirely overcome with rage” as he prompted individuals to speak up against racism.
Hamilton criticised his sport for its silence over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis last month after a white U.S. policeman knelt on his neck.
” I’m surprised that [racism] issues him [Hamilton] even … I’m actually dissatisfied if he took it seriously,” Ecclestone stated.
” I’m surprised if anybody in Solution 1, definitely the teams and individuals like the promoters, have any issue about [racism].”
Ecclestone was changed as president of Formula 1 in 2017 after nearly 4 years in charge.