Bernie Ecclestone has fired a shot against his countryman Lewis Hamilton – The former Formula 1 boss thinks that the seven-time world champion should not speak so much away from the race track.
In the 1970s, Bernie Ecclestone built Formula 1 into a world sport and became a billionaire in the process. The 90-year-old is not always satisfied with the development of the modern pinnacle of motorsport.
He does not deny that Lewis Hamilton is an excellent driver. Nevertheless, the former Formula 1 boss remains critical of the newly-crowned seven-time world champion.
“Of course there is no doubt about his talent, the results he has achieved speak for themselves. But off the track, he got a number of things wrong.” claims Ecclestone in Switzerland’ss Blick newspaper.
“Behind the scenes, he could have achieved much more in silence,” says Ecclestone.
So in other words, he should stay quiet and shut up and concentrate on the essentials. This speaks to the political commitment that Hamilton has developed more and more over the course of his career.
Hamilton has recently been a strong advocate for environmental issues such as climate change. He also champions the “Black Lives Matter” movement on social media. He also shows that the fight against racism is a major concern for him at Formula 1 weekends.
Referring to T-shirts with the words “Black Lives Matter”, the other drivers in the field also take part in these actions. Not everyone has knelt down, but all 20 drivers wear a shirt with a “message”.
It is actions like these that Ecclestone finds excessive. He thinks it’s good that Hamilton is standing up for his concerns such as equal opportunities and diversity, but the sport doesn’t have a racism problem as far as he’s concerned.
Hamilton, of course, sees it quite differently. A comment made by Ecclestone during the summer does not necessarily help in this matter either. “Blacks in many cases are more racist than whites,” was the former ringmaster’s statement.