Lewis Hamilton has vowed not to stop pushing for an inclusive future, following recent comments made in an interview with CNN by former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone regarding race and equality.
Hamilton took to Instagram to post a rebuttal to the remarks made by Ecclestone, initially writing “damn, I just don’t even know where to start on this one”, before going on to say that it was “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.
“It makes complete sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more diverse or to address the racial abuse I received throughout my career.
“If someone who had run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep routed [sic] issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand. It starts at the top,” Hamilton said.
“Now the time has come for change,” he added.
He also revealed how he would not stop pushing to create an inclusive future for the sport with equal opportunity for all.
“To create a world that provides equal opportunity for minorities. I will continue to use my voice to represent those that don’t have one, and to speak for those who are underrepresented to provide an opportunity to have a chance in our sport,” he said.
The six-time Mercedes champion, has recently launched The Hamilton Commission, aimed at making motorsport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in” – while Formula 1 has also set up a Task Force and foundation, alongside the #WeRaceAsOne initiative, designed to increase diversity and inclusion in the sport.
– Lewis Hamilton –
Born January 7, 1985, Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE HonFREng is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. A six-time Formula One World Champion, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, and considered by some to be the greatest of all time.
He won his first World Drivers’ Championship with McLaren in 2008, before moving to Mercedes in 2013, with whom he has won a further five titles. One of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport, Hamilton’s six World Championship titles is the second-most of all time, as is his tally of 84 race victories and 151 podium finishes. He currently holds the records for the all-time most career points (3431), the all-time most pole positions (88), the most-grand slams in a season (3) and the most points in a season (413).
Hamilton has been credited with furthering Formula One’s global following by appealing to a broader audience outside the sport, in part due to his high-profile lifestyle and other ventures, including his environmental activism and exploits in music and fashion.