Bernie Ecclestone reveals Lewis Hamilton has NOT spoken to him


Bernie Ecclestone has revealed Lewis Hamilton has not spoken to him since his controversial comments on racism but admitted he is set to go into business with the driver’s father.   

Ecclestone was publicly condemned by Hamilton, 35, after the Formula One mogul claimed, ‘a lot more black people were more racist than white people.’

The tycoon was accused of suggesting the issue of racism was being ‘overblown.’

In an interview with fledgling station Times Radio, Ecclestone denied a rift with Hamilton but said they had not spoken in the wake of his divisive remarks. 

Asked by host John Pienaar if he understood why six-time world champion Hamilton was ‘upset’, Eccleston said: ‘Lewis, you would expect him to say something. 

‘He is black, that’s it, so he has to defend that I suppose; but I think a lot of people will understand what I’ve been talking about.’

He also revealed he had made a U-turn on investing in Hamilton’s father Anthony’s rowing machine business. 

The 89-year-old, who is expecting his fourth child with partner Fabiana Flosi, 44, also revealed he wouldn’t be changing nappies, adding, ‘it’s not my sort of job, I shouldn’t do it.’  

Ecclestone was publicly condemned by Lewis Hamilton, 35, (pictured together at the Grand Prix of Bahrain in 2015), after the F1 mogul claimed, ‘a lot more black people were more racist than white people.’

Times Radio host John Pienaar asked if Eccleston could, 'understand why Lewis Hamilton would be upset with you about [his comments on racism]?'

Times Radio host John Pienaar asked if Eccleston could, ‘understand why Lewis Hamilton would be upset with you about [his comments on racism]?’

Times Radio host John Pienaar asked if Eccleston could, ‘understand why Lewis Hamilton would be upset with you about that?’ 

Ecclestone replied: ‘I can understand it being overblown. It wasn’t me that was making it overblown.

‘Lewis, you would expect him to say something. He is black, that’s it, so he has to defend that I suppose but I think a lot of people will understand what I’ve been talking about.’

Ecclestone’s remarks, made in a TV interview aired last Friday, ignited a row with six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who criticised the man who built the modern sport he dominates.

‘So sad and disappointing to read these comments,’ said the Mercedes driver. ‘Bernie is out of the sport and of a different generation.  

Hamilton has since said there are serious problem of ethnic minorities being underrepresented in the sport, and subsequently set up a commission to examine the issue.

Ecclestone added: ‘We haven’t had a bust up – Lewis and I haven’t spoken since all this started. He probably is in a position to decide whether I’m ignorant or not because I’ve had the same sort of education as him, so I think we’ve got one thing in common if nothing else.’

He revealed he had exchanged messages with Hamtilton’s father Anthony about investing in his rowing equipment business, an offer the mogul had previously turned down.  

Ecclestone was asked about the lack of black F1 drivers and asked if he regretted not encouraging more diversity in the sport. 

The 89-year-old (pictured in January at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Kitzbuehel, Austria), is expecting his fourth child with partner Fabiana Flosi, 44

The 89-year-old (pictured in January at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Kitzbuehel, Austria), is expecting his fourth child with partner Fabiana Flosi, 44

Ecclestone said: ‘[Lewis] is saying it because it’s a fact. You would have to be a complete halfwit to look at the people involved in F1 and see how many black people are involved.

‘I was the first person to put a black guy in a Formula 1 car probably 30 years ago, a guy called Willy T. Ribbs. 

‘There have been plenty of opportunities. If today a very talented, quick, black driver turned up at Ferrari or whatever – they’ve just signed a guy up now – I guarantee if they thought the guy was as talented as Lewis, they would be happy to take him.

‘The trouble – forget about black people – is lots and lots of white English guys, Chinese, or whatever, haven’t had the opportunity when they come into Formula 1 they have to bring sponsorship with them. 

‘If people have found a black guy that’s talented and wanted to sponsor him they could’ve done.

‘The only regrets I’ve got is when I owned Brabham F1 team, which I did for 18 years, we were always looking for sponsors so I was more than happy if I could’ve found a black guy that was capable of being able to deliver – and that’s the reason I gave Willy T. a test, for that reason.’  

Lewis Hamilton to race for Mercedes in new all-black car in support of Black Lives Matter


Lewis Hamilton will race in an all-black Mercedes to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement when the Formula One season finally begins this week.

The reigning world champion has been outspoken about the lack of diversity in the sport and last month hit out his fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ in the wake of George Floyd’s shocking death at the hands of a police officer in the US.

But in a bid to show they ‘stand against racism and all forms of discrimination’, Mercedes have abandoned their traditional ‘Silver Arrows’ trim for the 2020 season. 

Mercedes’s new all-black design will support the Black Lives Matter movement this season

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the lack of diversity in F1

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the lack of diversity in F1

Hamilton and his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, will instead race in an all-black base livery ‘as a public pledge to improve the diversity’ of Mercedes when the delayed season starts with the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Both drivers will also wear black overalls and adapt the designs of their helmets in order to reflect the campaign.

The message ‘End Racism’ will be displayed on the halo of both cars, while the new F1 initiative #WeRaceAsOne will feature on the mirrors. 

Hamilton, who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in London earlier this month, worked closely with Mercedes and team principal Toto Wolff on the project. 

Speaking about Mercedes’ decision to design the black car, Hamilton said: ‘It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity. 

The British Mercedes driver was seen at a Black Lives Matter protest in London this month

The British Mercedes driver was seen at a Black Lives Matter protest in London this month

Mercedes are ditching their traditional 'Silver Arrows' trim for 2020 to help fight racism

Mercedes are ditching their traditional ‘Silver Arrows’ trim for 2020 to help fight racism 

‘I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change. 

‘When I spoke to Toto [Wolff] about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united. 

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes Board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business. 

‘We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.’

Hamilton has been a vocal leader in talking about the need for the sport to be more diverse

Hamilton has been a vocal leader in talking about the need for the sport to be more diverse

Hamilton had claimed that he 'stands alone' as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Hamilton had claimed that he ‘stands alone’ as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

A CHEQUERED PAST

While Mercedes have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement with their 2021 livery, the company – as well as some other brands associated with Lewis Hamilton – have a very chequered past… 

Daimler, which owns Mercedes, admitted as far back as 1986 that it had employed 40,000 slaves from the Nazis and forced them to work under appalling conditions during the Second World War, enabling them to reap massive profits. 

On Daimler’s website even today, they detail their links to the Nazis, explaining that ‘civilian forced labourers, prisoners of war or concentration camp detainees were loaned out to companies in exchange for money’ and in 1944 almost half of their employees were from this scheme.

Hamilton, meanwhile, also has a sponsorship deal with Hugo Boss, who himself was a member of the Nazi party and supplied uniforms to the SA, SS and Hitler Youth.

Boss joined the Nazi Party in 1931, two years before Hitler came to power, and was a loyal supporter until his death in 1948.

Through the war, Hugo Boss’ factory also used 140 Polish and 40 French forced workers, and have since apologised for their maltreatment.

Mercedes say they plan to announce a diversity and inclusion programme before the end of the season that will involve ‘continuing to listen to and raise the awareness of our team members; forensic analysis of our recruitment and development processes; collaboration with the sport’s key stakeholders to improve accessibility to our sport; and targeted education initiatives to encourage and support talented people from under-represented backgrounds who aspire to reach F1.’ 

The move comes after Hamilton blasted the lack of diversity in F1 and accused his other drivers of ignoring Floyd’s death, the incident which sparked huge Black Lives Matter protests around the world for over a month.

In a number of Instagram post on May 31, Hamilton wrote: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. 

‘Just know I know who you are and I see you.’

Hamilton added: ‘I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but with those who are protesting peacefully.

‘There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.

‘The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of inequality, racism, classism and that we are all born the same! 

‘We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.’ 

Last week, Formula One expanded on its new ‘We Race As One’ initiative by announcing it will plough $1million (£800,000) into helping those from under represented groups gain a career in the sport.

In partnership with the FIA, F1 will look to help under represented drivers from karting level and above to try and realise their dreams of becoming a grand prix driver by eliminating systemic barriers they may come across.

To help promote the cause, teams will display the initiative’s rainbow logo on their cars at the opening round of the 2020 season at the Red Bull Ring.

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sport on Instagram last month

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sport on Instagram last month

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

A task force will be set up over the next few months including representatives from drivers and teams as well as diversity experts outside of the sport. 

As well as helping potential future drivers, the scheme will also aim to help those from unrepresented groups gain access to possible careers in F1, with focus on education and employment opportunities.

Working alongside the taskforce will be an initiative to primarily, but not exclusively, help fund the under represented groups with internships and apprenticeships within the sport.  

The initial $1million input was financed by F1 boss Chase Carey, and it is hoped support and and funding for interns and scholarship opportunities will increase in the future. 

Carey admitted the sport was not diverse enough and wanted to do more to help those from all backgrounds.

Hamilton will begin the defence of his world championship in Austria later this week

Hamilton will begin the defence of his world championship in Austria later this week

‘We fully recognise that Formula One needs to be more inclusive and diverse,’ Carey said.

‘While we set out our strategy last year to improve the position of our sport, we need, and want, to do more.

‘That is why we will establish a Task Force to listen and ensure the right initiatives are identified to increase diversity in Formula One. We want to ensure we give people from all backgrounds the best chances to work in Formula One regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.

‘We are therefore also taking the initial step of creating a foundation to support key educational and employment opportunities across Formula 1 that will give under-represented talent the chance to work in this incredible sport and build an exciting career.’

Teams will display the '#WeRaceAsOne' rainbow on their cars at the opening race of the season

Teams will display the ‘#WeRaceAsOne’ rainbow on their cars at the opening race of the season

F1 chief Chase Carey has ploughed $1million into funding the task force and foundation

F1 chief Chase Carey has ploughed $1million into funding the task force and foundation

Lewis Hamilton to race for Mercedes in new all-black car in support of Black Lives Matter


Lewis Hamilton will race in an all-black Mercedes to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement when the Formula One season finally begins this week.

The reigning world champion has been outspoken about the lack of diversity in the sport and last month hit out his fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ in the wake of George Floyd’s shocking death at the hands of a police officer in the US.

But in a bid to show they ‘stand against racism and all forms of discrimination’, Mercedes have abandoned their traditional ‘Silver Arrows’ trim for the 2020 season. 

Mercedes’s new all-black design will support the Black Lives Matter movement this season

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the lack of diversity in F1

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the lack of diversity in F1

Hamilton and his team-mate, Valterri Bottas, will instead race in an all-black base livery ‘as a public pledge to improve the diversity’ of Mercedes when the delayed season starts with the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Both drivers will also wear black overalls and adapt the designs of their helmets in order to reflect the campaign.

The message ‘End Racism’ will be displayed on the halo of both cars, while the new F1 initiative #WeRaceAsOne will feature on the mirrors. 

Hamilton, who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in London earlier this month, worked closely with Mercedes and team principal Toto Wolff on the project. 

Speaking about Mercedes’ decision to design the black car, Hamilton said: ‘It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity. 

The British Mercedes driver was seen at a Black Lives Matter protest in London this month

The British Mercedes driver was seen at a Black Lives Matter protest in London this month

Mercedes are ditching their traditional 'Silver Arrows' trim for 2020 to help fight racism

Mercedes are ditching their traditional ‘Silver Arrows’ trim for 2020 to help fight racism 

‘I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change. 

‘When I spoke to Toto [Wolff] about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united. 

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes Board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business. 

‘We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.’

Hamilton has been a vocal leader in talking about the need for the sport to be more diverse

Hamilton has been a vocal leader in talking about the need for the sport to be more diverse

Hamilton had claimed that he 'stands alone' as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Hamilton had claimed that he ‘stands alone’ as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Mercedes say they plan to announce a diversity and inclusion programme before the end of the season that will involve ‘continuing to listen to and raise the awareness of our team members; forensic analysis of our recruitment and development processes; collaboration with the sport’s key stakeholders to improve accessibility to our sport; and targeted education initiatives to encourage and support talented people from under-represented backgrounds who aspire to reach F1.’ 

The move comes after Hamilton blasted the lack of diversity in F1 and accused his other drivers of ignoring Floyd’s death, the incident which sparked huge Black Lives Matter protests around the world for over a month.

In a number of Instagram post on May 31, Hamilton wrote: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us.

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sport on Instagram last month

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sport on Instagram last month

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

‘Just know I know who you are and I see you.’

Hamilton added: ‘I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but with those who are protesting peacefully.

‘There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.

‘The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of inequality, racism, classism and that we are all born the same!

‘We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.’ 

Last week, Formula One expanded on its new ‘We Race As One’ initiative by announcing it will plough $1million (£800,000) into helping those from under represented groups gain a career in the sport.

In partnership with the FIA, F1 will look to help under represented drivers from karting level and above to try and realise their dreams of becoming a grand prix driver by eliminating systemic barriers they may come across.

Hamilton will begin the defence of his world championship in Austria later this week

Hamilton will begin the defence of his world championship in Austria later this week

Teams will display the '#WeRaceAsOne' rainbow on their cars at the opening race of the season

Teams will display the ‘#WeRaceAsOne’ rainbow on their cars at the opening race of the season

To help promote the cause, teams will display the initiative’s rainbow logo on their cars at the opening round of the 2020 season at the Red Bull Ring.

A task force will be set up over the next few months including representatives from drivers and teams as well as diversity experts outside of the sport. 

As well as helping potential future drivers, the scheme will also aim to help those from unrepresented groups gain access to possible careers in F1, with focus on education and employment opportunities.

Working alongside the taskforce will be an initiative to primarily, but not exclusively, help fund the under represented groups with internships and apprenticeships within the sport.  

The initial $1million input was financed by F1 boss Chase Carey, and it is hoped support and and funding for interns and scholarship opportunities will increase in the future. 

F1 chief Chase Carey has ploughed $1million into funding the task force and foundation

F1 chief Chase Carey has ploughed $1million into funding the task force and foundation

Carey admitted the sport was not diverse enough and wanted to do more to help those from all backgrounds.

‘We fully recognise that Formula One needs to be more inclusive and diverse,’ Carey said.

‘While we set out our strategy last year to improve the position of our sport, we need, and want, to do more.

‘That is why we will establish a Task Force to listen and ensure the right initiatives are identified to increase diversity in Formula One. We want to ensure we give people from all backgrounds the best chances to work in Formula One regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.

‘We are therefore also taking the initial step of creating a foundation to support key educational and employment opportunities across Formula 1 that will give under-represented talent the chance to work in this incredible sport and build an exciting career.’

Lewis Hamilton blasts former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone


Lewis Hamilton has called former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone ‘ignorant and uneducated’ after a controversial interview in which he said ‘black people are more racist than white people’. 

The 35 -year-old posted on Instagram: ‘So sad and disappointing to read these comments.

‘Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong – ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.’

The 89-year-old former Formula One Group chief executive made a series of comments during an interview with CNN Sport reacting to recent Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

When asked to back up his claim that ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ Mr Ecclestone said it was something he had ‘noticed’.

The 35 -year-old posted on Instagram: ‘So sad and disappointing to read these comments’

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with his daughter Tamara, has said he’s ‘surprised’ six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was concerned by racial abuse he suffered in his career

During recent Black Lives Matter protests, Lewis Hamilton has shared his experience with racial abuse – including when fans dressed in blackface at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008

Hamilton recently revealed the racial abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface.

Shocking pictures from the race 12 years ago showed fans in blackface, wearing t-shirts with ‘Hamilton’s family’ written across the front. 

More fans were spotted in blackface at the same race the following year. 

Speaking to CNN Sport, Mr Ecclestone said: ‘I’m surprised that it concerns him. I’m really unhappy if he took it seriously. I never thought he did. I didn’t think it affected him.’ 

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Lewis Hamilton said Britain’s bias included ‘telling black women they’re too confident, treating black men like a threat or asking us to change our natural appearance to look more ‘professional’.

‘As a nation, we’re quick to condemn monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to addressing structural issues, the people in power stay silent.

He added: ‘Being the first black ‘anything’ is a proud and lonely walk.

‘When I started out, I took my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth shut, and let my driving do the talking.

‘It was only when wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.’

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was 'stupid' to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was ‘stupid’ to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

F1 Supremo Ecclestone, also told the interview it was ‘stupid’ to remove statues amid pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement.  

He claimed students should instead be shown statues of controversial figures should to understand their history. 

Ecclestone was seen as the man in charge of Formula One for nearly 40 years, until Liberty Media completed its £6.4bn takeover of the sport in 2017. 

In April the 89-year-old announced his partner Fabiana Flosi, 44, was pregnant with his fourth child. 

Hamilton took to Instagram last Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, which were reportedly from an F1 chief, that claimed drivers involved in the anti-racism movement could be distracted.

In the since deleted post, he said: ‘It deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour, a distraction.

‘I’m actually quite offended.

Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking claims during an interview with CNN Sport

Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking claims during an interview with CNN Sport 

Bernie Ecclestone, 89, with his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, during a visit to the construction of their Swiss hotel. The F1 Supremo claimed 'black people are more racist than white people,' in an interview with CNN

Bernie Ecclestone, 89, with his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, during a visit to the construction of their Swiss hotel. The F1 Supremo claimed ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ in an interview with CNN

‘A distraction for me was fans showing up in black face to taunt my family on race weekends.

‘A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.

‘I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.’ 

Racing in the US has been rocked by scandal in recent weeks after NASCAR’s only full-time black driver found a noose in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway.

A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose on Sunday at the Alabama race track. 

The FBI launched a full investigation amid fears it had been placed as a hate crime.

However earlier this week  invesigators revealed it was in fact a garage door pull rope styled like a noose that had been hanging since at least October 2019. 

As a result, no federal charges would be filed. 

Lewis Hamilton blasts former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone


Lewis Hamilton has called former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone ‘ignorant and uneducated’ after a controversial interview in which he said ‘black people are more racist than white people’. 

The 35 -year-old posted on Instagram: ‘So sad and disappointing to read these comments.

‘Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong – ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.’

The 89-year-old former Formula One Group chief executive made a series of comments during an interview with CNN Sport reacting to recent Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

When asked to back up his claim that ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ Mr Ecclestone said it was something he had ‘noticed’.

The 35 -year-old posted on Instagram: ‘So sad and disappointing to read these comments’

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with his daughter Tamara, has said he’s ‘surprised’ six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was concerned by racial abuse he suffered in his career

During recent Black Lives Matter protests, Lewis Hamilton has shared his experience with racial abuse – including when fans dressed in blackface at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008

Hamilton recently revealed the racial abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface.

Shocking pictures from the race 12 years ago showed fans in blackface, wearing t-shirts with ‘Hamilton’s family’ written across the front. 

More fans were spotted in blackface at the same race the following year. 

Speaking to CNN Sport, Mr Ecclestone said: ‘I’m surprised that it concerns him. I’m really unhappy if he took it seriously. I never thought he did. I didn’t think it affected him.’ 

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Lewis Hamilton said Britain’s bias included ‘telling black women they’re too confident, treating black men like a threat or asking us to change our natural appearance to look more ‘professional’.

‘As a nation, we’re quick to condemn monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to addressing structural issues, the people in power stay silent.

He added: ‘Being the first black ‘anything’ is a proud and lonely walk.

‘When I started out, I took my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth shut, and let my driving do the talking.

‘It was only when wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.’

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was 'stupid' to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was ‘stupid’ to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

F1 Supremo Ecclestone, also told the interview it was ‘stupid’ to remove statues amid pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement.  

He claimed students should instead be shown statues of controversial figures should to understand their history. 

Ecclestone was seen as the man in charge of Formula One for nearly 40 years, until Liberty Media completed its £6.4bn takeover of the sport in 2017. 

In April the 89-year-old announced his partner Fabiana Flosi, 44, was pregnant with his fourth child. 

Hamilton took to Instagram last Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, which were reportedly from an F1 chief, that claimed drivers involved in the anti-racism movement could be distracted.

In the since deleted post, he said: ‘It deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour, a distraction.

‘I’m actually quite offended.

Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking claims during an interview with CNN Sport

Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking claims during an interview with CNN Sport 

Bernie Ecclestone, 89, with his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, during a visit to the construction of their Swiss hotel. The F1 Supremo claimed 'black people are more racist than white people,' in an interview with CNN

Bernie Ecclestone, 89, with his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, during a visit to the construction of their Swiss hotel. The F1 Supremo claimed ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ in an interview with CNN

‘A distraction for me was fans showing up in black face to taunt my family on race weekends.

‘A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.

‘I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.’ 

Racing in the US has been rocked by scandal in recent weeks after NASCAR’s only full-time black driver found a noose in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway.

A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose on Sunday at the Alabama race track. 

The FBI launched a full investigation amid fears it had been placed as a hate crime.

However earlier this week  invesigators revealed it was in fact a garage door pull rope styled like a noose that had been hanging since at least October 2019. 

As a result, no federal charges would be filed. 

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says ‘black people are more racist than white people’


Bernie Ecclestone has claimed ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ adding that he was ‘surprised’ Lewis Hamilton was upset by racial abuse from fans in a shocking interview.

The 89-year-old former Formula One Group chief executive made a series of shocking comments during an interview with CNN Sport reacting to recent Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

When asked to back up his claim that ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ Mr Ecclestone said it was something he had ‘noticed’.

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with his daughter Tamara, has said he’s ‘surprised’ six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was concerned by racial abuse he suffered in his career

During recent Black Lives Matter protests, Lewis Hamilton has shared his experience with racial abuse – including when fans dressed in blackface at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008

Last week F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton revealed the racial abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface.

Shocking pictures from the race 12 years ago showed fans in blackface, wearing t-shirts with ‘Hamilton’s family’ written across the front. 

More fans were spotted in blackface at the same race the following year. 

Speaking to CNN Sport, Mr Ecclestone said: ‘I’m surprised that it concerns him. I’m really unhappy if he took it seriously. I never thought he did. I didn’t think it affected him.’ 

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Lewis Hamilton said Britain’s bias included ‘telling black women they’re too confident, treating black men like a threat or asking us to change our natural appearance to look more “professional”.

‘As a nation, we’re quick to condemn monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to addressing structural issues, the people in power stay silent.

He added: ‘Being the first black “anything” is a proud and lonely walk.

‘When I started out, I took my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth shut, and let my driving do the talking.

‘It was only when wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.’

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was 'stupid' to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was ‘stupid’ to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

Ecclestone also told the interview it was ‘stupid’ to remove statues amid pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement.  

He claimed students should instead be shown statues of controversial figures should to understand their history. 

Hamilton took to Instagram last Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, which were reportedly from an F1 chief, that claimed drivers involved in the anti-racism movement could be distracted.

In the since deleted post, he said: ‘It deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour, a distraction.

‘I’m actually quite offended.

Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking claims during an interview with CNN Sport

Bernie Ecclestone made a series of shocking claims during an interview with CNN Sport 

‘A distraction for me was fans showing up in black face to taunt my family on race weekends.

‘A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.

‘I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.’ 

Racing in the US has been rocked by scandal in recent weeks after NASCAR’s only full-time black driver found a noose in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway.

A crew member for Richard Petty Motorsports discovered the noose on Sunday at the Alabama race track. 

The FBI launched a full investigation amid fears it had been placed as a hate crime.

However earlier this week it was it was in fact garage door pull rope styled like a noose that had been hanging from at least October 2019. 

As a result, no federal charges would be filed. 

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says ‘black people are more racist than white people’


Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says ‘black people are more racist than white people’ and was ‘surprised’ that taunts from fans in blackface upset Lewis Hamilton

  • Bernie Ecclestone, 89, says he’s ‘surprised’ Lewis Hamilton was upset by racism
  • The six-time F1 World Champion has endured abuse from fans in black face twice
  • Former F1 chief executive says removing statues amid protests is ‘stupid’ 

Bernie Ecclestone has claimed ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ adding that he was ‘surprised’ Lewis Hamilton was upset by racial abuse from fans in a shocking interview.

The 89-year-old former Formula One Group chief executive made a series of shocking comments during an interview with CNN Sport reacting to recent Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

When asked to back up his claim that ‘black people are more racist than white people,’ Mr Ecclestone said it was something he had ‘noticed’.

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with his daughter Tamara, has said he’s ‘surprised’ six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was concerned by racial abuse he suffered in his career

During recent Black Lives Matter protests, Lewis Hamilton has shared his experience with racial abuse – including when fans dressed in blackface at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008

Last week F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton revealed the racial abuse he had received in his career, including an incident in Spain in 2008 where fans taunted him in blackface.

Shocking pictures from the race 12 years ago showed fans in blackface, wearing t-shirts with ‘Hamilton’s family’ written across the front. 

More fans were spotted in blackface at the same race the following year. 

Speaking to CNN Sport, Mr Ecclestone said: ‘I’m surprised that it concerns him. I’m really unhappy if he took it seriously. I never thought he did. I didn’t think it affected him.’ 

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009

Lewis Hamilton was taunted by fans at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2008 and again in 2009 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Lewis Hamilton said Britain’s bias included ‘telling black women they’re too confident, treating black men like a threat or asking us to change our natural appearance to look more “professional”.

‘As a nation, we’re quick to condemn monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to addressing structural issues, the people in power stay silent.

He added: ‘Being the first black “anything” is a proud and lonely walk.

‘When I started out, I took my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth shut, and let my driving do the talking.

‘It was only when wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.’

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was 'stupid' to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

Bernie Ecclestone, pictured with Lewis Hamilton in 2015, told CNN it was ‘stupid’ to pull down statues amid pressur from Black Lives Matter campaigners

Ecclestone also told the interview it was ‘stupid’ to remove statues amid pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement.  

He claimed students should instead be shown statues of controversial figures should to understand their history. 

Hamilton took to Instagram last Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, which were reportedly from an F1 chief, that claimed drivers involved in the anti-racism movement could be distracted.

In the since deleted post, he said: ‘It deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour, a distraction.

‘I’m actually quite offended.

‘A distraction for me was fans showing up in black face to taunt my family on race weekends.

‘A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.

‘I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.’ 

Lewis Hamilton reveals he has been target of racist abuse since he was eight years old


Lewis Hamilton says he has been the target of racist abuse since he was eight years old, when children threw objects at him while he was karting, and has faced accusations of ‘not being British enough’ throughout his career

Britain’s most successful Formula One driver, and six-time world champion, also revealed that spectators have ‘blacked up’ while he was competing. 

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team driver, 35, who is based in Monaco, argued that British society is riddled with an ‘implicit bias’ because too many people stay silent. He remains the only black driver in racing. 

He has decided to open up about his experiences in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which has been rekindled following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Lewis Hamilton, 35, has argued that British society is riddled with an ‘implicit bias’. He is pictured above speaking in Australia on March 12

Hamilton had objects thrown at him by other children while he was karting at the age of eight. He has also faced spectators 'blacking up' when he's competing

Hamilton had objects thrown at him by other children while he was karting at the age of eight. He has also faced spectators ‘blacking up’ when he’s competing

Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said Britain’s bias included ‘telling black women they’re too confident, treating black men like a threat or asking us to change our natural appearance to look more “professional”.

‘As a nation, we’re quick to condemn monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to addressing structural issues, the people in power stay silent.

He added: ‘Being the first black “anything” is a proud and lonely walk.

‘When I started out, I took my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth shut, and let my driving do the talking.

‘It was only when wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.’

Hamilton is expected to take the knee when he returns to the race track in Austria in two weeks, to show his support for BLM, Sportsmail exclusively revealed this week.

Hamilton is Britain's most successful F1 racer, and has been world champion six times

Hamilton is Britain’s most successful F1 racer, and has been world champion six times

He remains the only black F1 racer, pictured left with his team in Azerbaijan

He remains the only black F1 racer, pictured left with his team in Azerbaijan

He has also revealed plans to set up a commission in his name to increase diversity in motorsports.

‘Despite my success in the sport, the institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist,’ he said in a column for the Sunday Times.

‘It is not enough to point to me, or to a single new black hire, as a meaningful example of progress.’ 

He is mixed race with a black British father, Anthony, and a white mother, Carmen Larbalestier.

He grew up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and attended the John Henry Newman School, where he struggled with dyslexia.

He topped this year’s Sunday Times rich list with an estimated fortune of £224million, overtaking David Beckham’s all-time high. 

Lewis Hamilton has said he will have no distractions when racing returns

In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, he responded to comments which have now been proven to be fabricated

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed any suggestion his work with the Black Lives Matter movement will distract him when the 2020 Formula One season gets underway in Austria next month. In an Instagram post that has since been deleted (right), he responded to comments which have been proven to be fabricated

Hamilton took to Instagram on Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, which were reportedly from an F1 chief, that claimed drivers involved in the anti-racism movement could be distracted.

In the since deleted post, he said: ‘It deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour, a distraction.

‘I’m actually quite offended.

‘A distraction for me was fans showing up in black face to taunt my family on race weekends.

‘A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.

‘I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.’ 

Lewis Hamilton reveals he has been target of racist abuse since he was eight years old


Lewis Hamilton says he has been the target of racist abuse since he was eight years old, when children threw objects at him while he was karting, and has faced accusations of ‘not being British enough’ throughout his career

Britain’s most successful Formula One driver, and six-time world champion, also revealed that spectators have ‘blacked up’ while he was competing. 

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team driver, 35, who is based in Monaco, argued that British society is riddled with an ‘implicit bias’ because too many people stay silent. He remains the only black driver in racing. 

He has decided to open up about his experiences in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which has been rekindled following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Lewis Hamilton, 35, has argued that British society is riddled with an ‘implicit bias’. He is pictured above speaking in Australia on March 12

Hamilton had objects thrown at him by other children while he was karting at the age of eight. He has also faced spectators 'blacking up' when he's competing

Hamilton had objects thrown at him by other children while he was karting at the age of eight. He has also faced spectators ‘blacking up’ when he’s competing

Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said Britain’s bias included ‘telling black women they’re too confident, treating black men like a threat or asking us to change our natural appearance to look more “professional”.

‘As a nation, we’re quick to condemn monkey noises and bananas thrown at black footballers, but when it comes to addressing structural issues, the people in power stay silent.

He added: ‘Being the first black “anything” is a proud and lonely walk.

‘When I started out, I took my father’s advice to work twice as hard, keep my head down, my mouth shut, and let my driving do the talking.

‘It was only when wearing my helmet that I felt free to be myself.’

Hamilton is expected to take the knee when he returns to the race track in Austria in two weeks, to show his support for BLM, Sportsmail exclusively revealed this week.

Hamilton is Britain's most successful F1 racer, and has been world champion six times

Hamilton is Britain’s most successful F1 racer, and has been world champion six times

He remains the only black F1 racer, pictured left with his team in Azerbaijan

He remains the only black F1 racer, pictured left with his team in Azerbaijan

He has also revealed plans to set up a commission in his name to increase diversity in motorsports.

‘Despite my success in the sport, the institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist,’ he said in a column for the Sunday Times.

‘It is not enough to point to me, or to a single new black hire, as a meaningful example of progress.’ 

He is mixed race with a black British father, Anthony, and a white mother, Carmen Larbalestier.

He grew up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and attended the John Henry Newman School, where he struggled with dyslexia.

He topped this year’s Sunday Times rich list with an estimated fortune of £224million, overtaking David Beckham’s all-time high. 

Lewis Hamilton has said he will have no distractions when racing returns

In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, he responded to comments which have now been proven to be fabricated

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed any suggestion his work with the Black Lives Matter movement will distract him when the 2020 Formula One season gets underway in Austria next month. In an Instagram post that has since been deleted (right), he responded to comments which have been proven to be fabricated

Hamilton took to Instagram on Wednesday to respond to allegedly fabricated quotes, which were reportedly from an F1 chief, that claimed drivers involved in the anti-racism movement could be distracted.

In the since deleted post, he said: ‘It deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour, a distraction.

‘I’m actually quite offended.

‘A distraction for me was fans showing up in black face to taunt my family on race weekends.

‘A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.

‘I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.’ 

Lewis Hamilton is left ‘heartbroken’ as he pays tribute to ‘beautiful’ dog Coco


Lewis Hamilton has been left heartbroken at the death of his beloved bulldog, Coco.

The Formula 1 ace took to Instagram on Friday to reveal the upsetting news, and thanked his family and friends for loving and caring for her. 

In a lengthy post, the racing driver, 34, said he was ‘lucky’ to have had Coco for so long as she suffered with various health problems. 

Upsetting: Lewis Hamilton has been left heartbroken at the death of his beloved bulldog, Coco. The Formula 1 ace took to Instagram on Friday to reveal the upsetting news

Lewis began by explaining Coco had died at home, despite his attempts to revive her. 

He penned: ‘Last night at around 9pm, my beautiful little girl Coco died at home with the family by her side. 

‘Her little heart gave in, we think it was a heart attack. I tried to revive her but it was no use.’

Sad loss: In a lengthy post, the racing driver, 34, said he was 'lucky' to have had Coco for so long as she suffered with various health problems

Sad loss: In a lengthy post, the racing driver, 34, said he was ‘lucky’ to have had Coco for so long as she suffered with various health problems

Recalling their final moments, he continued: ‘She’d had the best day, happier than I’d seen her in a long time. She was such a special dog, born with so many problems and I feel so lucky to have adopted her. 

‘Her breeder said she was going to have to put her down as she wouldn’t be able to afford all the things she would need to survive, she went through a lot to become the bouncy, lazy loving dog she was. 

‘On her last day, we shared a special moment playing together which I will never forget. I will miss her snoring and how happy she was always to see me. She was only 6, healthy and happy.’

Upsetting: Lewis began by explaining Coco had died at home, despite his attempts to revive her, after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack

Upsetting: Lewis began by explaining Coco had died at home, despite his attempts to revive her, after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack 

Troubles: Recalling their final moments, he continued: 'She’d had the best day, happier than I’d seen her in a long time. She was such a special dog, born with so many problems'

Troubles: Recalling their final moments, he continued: ‘She’d had the best day, happier than I’d seen her in a long time. She was such a special dog, born with so many problems’

Lewis concluded by admitting he hopes his late aunt Diane, who died from cancer in 2012, would be looking after his dog now.

He wrote: ‘Naturally, my heart is broken but i hope she’s in a better place with my Aunty Diane. 

‘Wanted to share with you and thank those of you who loved and cared for her. #coco #restinpeace [sic]’. 

Loss: Lewis concluded by admitting he hopes his late aunt Diane, who died from cancer in 2012, would be looking after his dog now

Loss: Lewis concluded by admitting he hopes his late aunt Diane, who died from cancer in 2012, would be looking after his dog now

Lewis has another bulldog named Roscoe, and the driver would often fly his dogs around the world with him in a private jet so that they wouldn’t have to be separated. 

The star set up a joint Instagram page for his pet pooches, which has amassed more than 176,000 followers.  

Roscoe – whose parents are both champion show dogs – has become a model, with Lewis revealing the pooch earns $700 for a shoot.  

Roscoe is so important to the F1 legend he has had his sperm frozen so after retirement he can use a breeder to get more puppies.  

Sweet: Lewis has another bulldog named Roscoe, and the driver would often fly his dogs around the world with him in a private jet so that they wouldn't have to be separated

Sweet: Lewis has another bulldog named Roscoe, and the driver would often fly his dogs around the world with him in a private jet so that they wouldn’t have to be separated

British bulldogs are often riddled with painful diseases and deformities, with vets warning that centuries of inbreeding have made it one of the unhealthiest breeds in the world. 

The breed now has a head so out of proportion with its body that almost all births have to be done by C-section.

Natural mating is also difficult, leading to claims that the breed would not exist today if it were not for vets’ assistance.

The catalogue of health problems also includes breathing difficulties, hip abnormalities, cataracts, heart defects and autoimmune diseases.

Photogenic: Roscoe - whose parents are both champion show dogs - has become a model, with Lewis revealing the pooch earns $700 for a shoot

Photogenic: Roscoe – whose parents are both champion show dogs – has become a model, with Lewis revealing the pooch earns $700 for a shoot