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Former Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver called him “ignorant and uneducated”. Hamilton has been hugely spoken as the “Black Lives Matter” movement continues to make waves.
However, Ecclestone has refuted the world champion’s claims and insisted that he is no less educated than him.
He said: “Lewis could start by making people aware that those who are other than white are employed by teams and are given the same opportunities. Lewis, you state that I am uneducated and ignorant. I have the same level of schooling as you. At least I had a reason — I was at school during the last war, not always under the best conditions.
“You are lucky because if I had been properly educated perhaps Formula One would not be as it was for you to benefit as you have. I have done well out of it, too, but I was making money before I was in Formula One. When you win another championship, it will be by your talent, and being in the right place at the right time. Like most successful people, you have had a little bit of luck and worked hard. But you are a special driver and a special person.
“Don’t think about what your skin colour is; think about what colour your mind is. We are all humans with the same movements. We must think in the same way. Don’t envy others. Just improve and catch up. We all have something different from others.
“Some of us are shorter, taller, slimmer, bigger, better looking. That is what we have in the end. Use it to satisfy yourself, but not to hurt others. We were all born the same way and this is how we should live.”