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F1 condemns ex-boss Ecclestone’s comments about racism

Formula 1 responds to remarks Ecclestone made in interview; F1 says the former CEO’s honorary title expired in January 2020

Last Updated: 26/06/20 8:02pm

Formula 1 have said they “completely disagree” with comments made by the sport’s former chief executive Bernie Ecclestone about racism.

Responding to remarks the 89-year-old Ecclestone made in an interview with CNN, Formula 1 said in a statement: “At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society.

“Mr Ecclestone has played no role in Formula 1 since he left our organisation in 2017, his title Chairman Emeritus, being honorific expired, in January 2020.”

On Thursday, F1 launched a foundation and Task Force to improve diversity and inclusion in motorsport as part of its new We Race As One initiative.

Lewis Hamilton, F1’s six-time world champion, has also announced he is setting up The Hamilton Commission aimed at improving diversity in the motorsport industry.

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