Bernie Ecclestone still continues to be one of Formula One’s most controversial figures despite retrieving from running the sport. He defended Nelson Piquet’s comments last week when the Brazilian was accused of using a racist slur to denote Hamilton during a podcast last November.
Piquet has since apologised for his language stating he had no malicious intent but has since been banned from the F1 paddock.
Bernie Ecclestone defended Piquet suggesting Hamilton should just “brush aside” such events rather than shine a spotlight on them.
Hamilton responded to Ecclestone’s criticism in 2022 British GP drivers’ press conference
“We should not be giving these people a platform, these old voices, whether they are subconscious or consciously do not agree that people like me for example should be in the sport like this… discrimination is not something we should be protecting and promoting.”
Speaking to Swiss F1 reporter Roger Benoit of Blick, Ecclestone has reacted angrily to Hamilton’s suggestion he should lose his “platform” to speak out on F1 matters.
The ex F1 supremo stated Hamilton’s moralising is a “complete load of rubbish” and that it’s “terribly rude” of Lewis to be suggesting he is too old to have a meaningful opinion.
“Yes, maybe I’m not sensitive enough,” admits Ecclestone, ”I see many things differently, and I say them because I was asked so nicely.”
“But I do stand by one statement – Putin was always fair to Formula 1. And I can’t say that about all the promoters.”
In a fascinating revelation, Ecclestone advised the Mercedes driver to think more carefully before he attacks him again
“Lewis has forgotten a lot,” he said.
“When Mercedes didn’t pay him what he asked for, I immediately said I’d pay the difference. Because Formula 1 needs a person of colour, a Chinese and a woman.”
Hamilton’s relationship with his McLaren team boss Ron Dennis was at an all time low and there were no contract talks for coming to extend Lewis stay with the Woking team.
Then Mercedes came knocking, giving Hamilton an option to continue in Formula One.
Though it now appears they were reluctant to pay Hamilton’s demands so Ecclestone stepped in to save Lewis’ career and retain F1’s driver ofd colour.