Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed Lewis Hamilton after the six-time world champion spoke about his “rage” over racial injustice following the dying of George Floyd. The 89-year-old Englishman mentioned Hamilton and different sports activities stars ought to have the liberty to air their views. Hamilton, the one black driver in F1, on Tuesday, mentioned he had been “completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our (black) people” following the incident in the US.
It was the second time he has spoken out concerning the dying of Floyd, an unarmed African-American who died final week after a police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck.
Many international sports activities stars, together with a number of Formula One drivers, have spoken out towards racial injustice because the incident.
“It is a good thing that Lewis does come out and the footballers and start talking and they should carry on doing so,” Ecclestone informed AFP by telephone from his house in Switzerland.
Ecclestone, who oversaw the transformation of F1 into a worldwide multi-billion-dollar business big, welcomed the widespread response to Floyd’s dying.
“As far as I am personally concerned, it is a great surprise to me it has taken so long for a black person to be so brutally killed to bring sports people’s attention to these things,” he mentioned.
Ecclestone mentioned he had taken a stand towards racism when he eliminated the South African Grand Prix from the calendar in 1986 because of the apartheid regime then in place.
“I pulled the race out of South Africa when there was apartheid, which was wrong and disgusting,” mentioned Ecclestone
“I don’t see that racism has ever gone away. People have always not been very nice.”
Ecclestone in contrast his South African resolution to when there have been protests over the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2012.
The earlier yr’s version had been cancelled because of unrest within the nation. Authorities cracked down on Shiite-led protests demanding political reform.
However the Bahrain race controversially went forward in 2012.
“I argued in Bahrain and supported the people who were complaining they had been bullied or whatever,” he mentioned.
“I met the person who was organising the protests and met with people who claimed to have been tortured.
“On this case they needed to take over the nation and that was not the case in South Africa nor now in the US — fairly the alternative.”
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