The six-time world champion started writing: “Damn, I just don’t know where to start with this.” Hamilton later called Ecclestone’s comments both “strangers” and “uneducated.”
Ecclestone led Formula 1 for approximately 40 years before being fired as CEO in 2017.
“Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation, but that’s exactly what’s wrong – ignorant and uneducated comments that show us how far we as a society have to go for real equality to happen,” Hamilton wrote.
“It now makes perfect sense to me that nothing has been said or done to make our sport more diverse or to deal with the racial abuse I have received during my career.
“If someone who has been involved in sports for decades has such a misunderstanding of the deep [sic] redirected problems that we as blacks solve on a daily basis, how can we expect it to be understood by all the people who work under it. It starts at the top.
“Now is the time for change. I will not stop pushing to create an inclusive future for our sport with equal opportunities for all.
“To create a world that provides equal opportunities for minorities. I will continue to use my voice to represent those who do not have it and to speak for those who are underrepresented to provide an opportunity for a chance in our sport.”
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“I don’t think it’s going to do anything bad or good for Formula 1,” he said.
“It’s just going to make people think what’s more important. I think it’s the same for everyone. People should think a little bit and think, ‘Well, hell.’ Someone is not the same as White people and Blacks should think the same about whites. ‘
“In a lot of cases, blacks are racistly bigger than whites.”