Lewis Hamilton hits back at Sir Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti for comments on racism


Lewis Hamilton hit back at former Formula 1 world champions Sir Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti for their comments on his anti-racist stance and for more diversity in the sport.Three-time world champion Stewart, 81, and most successful British driver until Hamilton arrived, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain last week that he didn’t think F1 had a problem as serious as it sounds.

The Scotsman said: “I think Lewis was a great example to a lot of people. He talks enough about these things, I don’t think there is a problem as serious as it seems. ”

Stewart’s comments came as Hamilton, who is the only black driver in a strongly white and masculine sport, continues to lead F1’s fight for fairness.

And by posting a photo from the Mirror Sport story on Stewart’s comments on his Instagram account, the six-time world champion revealed his disappointment.

Lewis Hamilton (R) hit back at former Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart (L)

Among Stewart’s comments, the Briton said: “Again, another. Just disappointing. ”

Andretti, who won his title in 1978 and is now 80, was quoted by Chilean newspaper El Mercurio as saying he had great respect for the six-time world champion, but asked why he had “become a activist “.

The great American also spoke, in comments translated into Spanish, of “creating a problem that does not exist” and added that “in motor racing, color does not matter; you have to earn your place with results, and it’s the same for all people. “.

Hamilton posted a photo from the Mirror Sport story over Stewart’s Instagram comments

“It’s disappointing, but unfortunately a reality is that some of the older generation who still have a voice today can’t get out of their way and recognize that there is a problem,” Hamilton said in an Instagram story.

“Again, this is sheer ignorance, but that won’t stop me from continuing to push for change,” he said of Andretti’s comments.

“It is never too late to learn and I hope this man for whom I have always had respect will be able to take the time to learn,” added the Mercedes driver.

Mario Andretti was also criticized by Hamilton

Championship leader Hamilton has taken a knee before all three races of the season so far, wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt and using his platform to speak out against racial injustice.

In Hungary last weekend, where the drivers’ anti-racism gesture before the race seemed rushed and disorganized, Hamilton called on F1 to do more in the fight against racism.


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