Bernie Ecclestone said that “blacks are more racist than whites”, adding that he was “surprised” that Lewis Hamilton was upset by racial abuse by fans in a shocking interview.
Former 89-year-old Formula One Group chief executive made shocking comments during interview with CNN Sport reacting to recent Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in the United States United.
When asked to confirm his claim that “blacks are more racist than whites”, Ecclestone said it was something he had “noticed”.
Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with his daughter Tamara, said he was “surprised” six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was concerned about the racial abuse he suffered in his career
In recent protests against Black Lives Matter, Lewis Hamilton shared his experience of racial violence – including when fans dressed in blackface at the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix
Last week, F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton exposed racial abuse he suffered during his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him.
Shocking photos from the race 12 years ago showed fans in black, wearing “Hamilton’s family” t-shirts written on the front.
More fans were spotted in blackface during the same race the following year.
Speaking to CNN Sport, Ecclestone said: “I am surprised that this concerns him. I’m really upset if he took it seriously. I never thought he was doing it. I didn’t think it had affected him.
Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix and again in 2009
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Lewis Hamilton said that Britain’s bias was to “tell black women that they were overconfident, to treat black men as a threat or to ask us to change our appearance natural to look more “professional”.
“As a nation, we are quick to condemn the monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to solving structural problems, those in power remain silent.
He added, “Being the first black” anything “is a proud and lonely walk.
“When I started, I followed my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth closed and let my behavior speak.
“It was only while wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.”
Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN that it was “stupid” to shoot statues under pressure from Black Lives Matter activists
F1 Supremo Ecclestone, also said in the interview that it was “stupid” to remove statues under pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement.
He said students should instead see statues of controversial figures to understand their history.
Ecclestone was considered the man in charge of Formula 1 for almost 40 years, until Liberty Media completed its £ 6.4 billion buyout in 2017.
In April, the 89-year-old man announced that his partner Fabiana Flosi, 44, was pregnant with her fourth child.
Hamilton went to Instagram last Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, allegedly from an F1 chief, that drivers involved in the anti-racism movement may be distracted.
In the post deleted since, he said: “It deeply saddens me that you consider the fight for equal treatment of blacks and people of color a distraction.
“I’m actually quite offended.
Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking statements in an interview with CNN Sport
Bernie Ecclestone, 89, with his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, during a construction visit to their Swiss hotel. F1 Supremo said “blacks are more racist than whites” in CNN interview
“One distraction for me was that the black-faced fans came up to taunt my family on the race weekend.
“One distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and the unfair treatment that I faced as a child, adolescent and even now because of the color of my skin.
“I hope that says a lot about the few people of color you have on your team regarding your priorities and how you see them. Wake up. This sport has to change.
The race in the United States has been rocked by scandal in recent weeks after the only full-time black NASCAR driver found a noose in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway.
A Richard Petty Motorsports crew member discovered the noose on Sunday at the Alabama race track.
The FBI launched an in-depth investigation after it feared it would be labeled a hate crime.
However, earlier this week it was actually a rope style garage door pull rope that had been hanging since at least October 2019.
Therefore, no federal charges would be laid.