Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton responded to Bernie Ecclestone's comments about racism, labeling the former F1 owner "ignorant" and saying it was no surprise F1 hadn't reacted to improve racial issues during his tenure. "'Over the years, I have met a lot of white people I didn't like, but never a black person I didn't like".
I am very sad and disappointed to read these comments.
"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.
"I don't think it's going to do anything bad or good for Formula One", he said.
"It makes total sense to me now that nearly nothing was mentioned or carried out to make our activity much more diverse or to handle the racial abuse I gained through my profession".
Using an interview with the Mail in England over the weekend, Ecclestone attempted to walk back his comments, insisting he had no problems with black people, and that it was "not my fault I'm white".
Ecclestone hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the week after saying black people are often more racist than others.
He had also added he was "surprised" that British Formula One racing driver and BLM supporter Lewis Hamilton had been upset after being taunted at the start of his career by "fans" in blackface.
Ecclestone ran Formulation 1 for about 40 decades prior to being changed as chief govt in 2017.
"At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone's comments that have no place in F1 or society", F1 said.
Whilst Ecclestone was complimentary of Hamilton's stance on the matter, some of his comments proved controversial.
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.
F1 pledged to increase diversity in a white-dominated series by setting up an initiative called "We Race As One".
"The remark I made, I'm sorry wasn't taken in the way I was meaning it to be taken".
"I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black". I think that's the same for everybody. "They might want to try it in Russian Federation [where Ecclestone enjoys a close personal relationship with Vladimir Putin]".
"I am not anti-black people - quite the opposite", Ecclestone said.
Commenting the ongoing marches protesting systemic racism and police brutality against African Americans, Ecclestone claimed that most people attending them "probably wouldn't know" what they were protesting about.
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".