Update III | "Ecclestone responds to commotion after "racist" statements"
By Tomas Mota 28 June 2020 | 12:18
George Floyd's death due to police brutality in America has brought questions about race and discrimination to the forefront. Now, Formula 1's diversity is also under the scanner. The series which rose to fame under Bernie Ecclestone has only one black driver in the premier class of motorsports.
Ecclestone understands Hamilton's performance in these times. "Lewis is a little bit special," Ecclestone tells CNN. "First, he's very, very, very talented as a driver and he seems to be now extremely talented when's he standing up and can make speeches."
"It will make people think"
However, the former Formula 1 owner doesn't think that something like The Hamilton Commission will have an impact on the sport, but "It'll just make people think which is more important. I think that's the same for everybody." said Ecclestone.
"It'll just make people think which is more important. I think that's the same for everybody. People ought to think a little bit and think: 'Well, what the hell. Somebody's not the same as white people and black people should think the same about white people," Ecclestone believes. "In lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are," said former Formula 1 boss.
"They grow up without thinking about this"
People need to be taught these things right from school level else "they grow up not having to think about these things."
An iconoclasm has arisen in different countries. "I think it's completely stupid taking all these statues down. They should've left them there. Take the kids from school to look and say why they're there and what the people did and how wrong it was what they did," Ecclestone concluded.
Update | F1 reacts strongly to Ecclestone: ‘No place in society for such statements’
Bernie Ecclestone’s words cannot be accepted, says Formula 1. The reaction came after the former F1 director made a sharp statement about black people on Friday afternoon. After the # WeRaceAsOne initiative, F1 wants to make it clear once again that there is no place for such opinions in sport.
Speaking to CNN, Ecclestone made a few comments about racism and inequality in the world and talked about black people. The outspoken British businessman stated that “in many cases, black people are more racist than white people.” F1’s current owner was quick to let everyone know that it doesn’t share Ecclestone’s opinion.
“It takes unity to tackle racism and inequality, which is why we totally disagree with Ecclestone’s words. There is no place for such statements in F1, nor society. Incidentally, Ecclestone is no longer involved in F1. His honorary title of chairman emeritus expired earlier this year in January.”
Update II 12:14 (27/06) | 'If Ecclestone still had the title, he would have been fired by FOM'
Bernie Ecclestone's statements are entirely against the FOM's stand, The Daily Mail wrote on Saturday. If Ecclestone's honorary title had not yet expired, he would have been fired by FOM. Meanwhile, the owner of the sport is looking at the other options towards Mr Ecclestone.
One of the options is to ban Ecclestone from all Grands Prix. Because of the coronavirus, attending the race in person is not possible anyway. When he said goodbye, Ecclestone was given a pass that gives him lifetime access to every race.
Update III 08:40 (28/06) | Ecclestone responds to commotion after 'racist' statements
Bernie Ecclestone has commented on the uproar that has arisen following a comment from him that dark skinned people are in many cases more racist than white coloured people. The 89-year-old Briton has nothing against people with a dark skin color.
"I am not anti black people. Quite the opposite", the former Formula 1 chief told The Daily Mail. He quotes Lewis Hamilton's father in his arguments. "Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me. He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black. If the project had been right, I would have done it."
"Over the years, I have met a lot of white people I didn’t like, but never a black person I didn’t like", Ecclestone continues. He emphasises his original point again: "If a black person or a white person gets turned down for a job you have to ask why", he says. "Was it because of their skin colour, or was it because they weren’t up to the job? That is what I was saying." (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)