F1 has been the subject of intense criticism in the wake of the widespread debate on racism and inequality, sparked by the death of George Floyd in early summer.
Among other things, the superstar of the sport, Lewis Hamilton, has reassured the management of his sport and his fellow drivers strongly about how, according to him, these issues have not been tackled in the species.
In 2017, CNN spoke to Bernie Ecclestone, who moved from F1 leadership to the role of advisor, on the subject, and the British did not hesitate in their opinions.
The 89-year-old formula mogul paid tribute to Hamilton, who has used his position to bring up the subject. Among other things, Hamilton has established the Hamilton Commission, which aims to promote pluralism and diversity in formulas.
– Lewis is a little special. He is a very, very, very skilled driver and now also seems to be very skilled in getting up and giving speeches. This latest campaign he’s running for blacks is awesome. He does a good job, and easily identifiable people like him are the ones people listen to. Ecclestone described to CNN reporter Amanda Davies.
However, Ecclestone did not put its faith in the effectiveness of Hamilton’s campaigning. He sees that it at most makes people more aware of it.
– It makes people think about what is more important. I think the situation is the same for everyone. People should think a little and think, “Well, hell then. “Someone” is not the same as a white person and black people should think the same way about white people. In many cases, blacks are more racist than whites, Ecclestone pondered.
CNN challenged Ecclestone’s view and asked it for backgrounds, to which he replied only that the matter seemed to him.
F1 responded to Hamilton’s criticism in early June, deeply regretting, for the species as a whole, that the theme had not been raised before. The series visibly announced on Friday that it does not stand behind Ecclestone’s words.
Earlier this week, the F1 executive kicked off an initiative called # WeRaceAsOne to find solutions to the challenges posed by the corona pandemic and prevent racism and inequality across the species. Series CEO Chase Carey donated $ 1 million from the bag to the campaign.
During Ecclestone, F1 grew to billions and became one of the world’s largest sports businesses, with races and activities spread across virtually every continent. He has served as CEO and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration companies since the 1970s.
According to Ecclestone, a project that fights the inequalities of Formula One and promotes, among other things, internship programs for under-represented groups of people is important – although it is only now that its emergence is noteworthy.
– I don’t think anyone bothered to bother with it before. It is an important issue, but it has been prevalent for so long and no one has done anything. Why didn’t anyone do anything two or three years ago? They are too in a hurry to try to win races or find sponsors or something.
The season, which has been postponed due to the F1 corona, will start next week in Austria. .