Formula 1 has moved to distance itself from previous supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s current remarks on racism, saying they have”no place” in either the society or series.
Ecclestone, 89, was at the helm of F1 for 40 years before his departure at January 2017 after the takeover of this show from Liberty Media, when he obtained an honorary name as’chairman emeritus’.
Amid continuing anti-racism protests around the planet and a larger focus on equality in the society, F1 has announced plans for a new effort to boost diversity within the game.
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has also established his own commission to help the push for diversity and promote”real, quantifiable and tangible change”.
In an interview with CNN this week,” Ecclestone said that although Hamilton’s effort was”wonderful”, he didn’t think”it is likely to do something bad or good to Formula 1“.
Ecclestone went on to state that”in many cases, black men and women are more envious than that which white men and women are”.
He condemned the removal of figurines of slave traders like Edward Colston at Bristol during the protests.
In an announcement issued by F1 on Friday night, the show discredited Ecclestone’s remarks, and disclosed that his honorary name has expired.
“In a time when unity is necessary to handle racism and inequality, we entirely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks which don’t have any place in Formula 1 or 2 culture,” the announcement reads.
“Mr. Ecclestone has played no part in Formula 1 since he abandoned our organisation 2017, his name Chairman Emeritus, being honorific, died in January 2020.”
It marks the first public transfer in F1 to distance itself from remarks made by Ecclestone because the conclusion of his tenure conducting the tournament in 2017, when he was replaced by current CEO and chairman Chase Carey.
CNN contested Ecclestone when he left the remarks, and reported that he had been”unable to offer any tangible proof for its baseless claim beyond stating that he had’noticed’ it on time “.
F1’s new’We Hurry as One’ effort has support from most 10 teams, which is set to play a very considerable role in its messaging and branding via the 2020 season.