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Lewis Hamilton: 'Sad and disappointing' to read Ecclestone comments

June 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 27, 2018

Lewis Hamilton said it was "sad" and "disappointing" to see the former head of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone, claim that "in lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are."

(CNN)Lewis Hamilton said it was "sad" and "disappointing" to see the former head of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone, claim that "in lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are. "

Hamilton -- the lone Black driver in Formula 1 -- took to Instagram to reply to the comments made by the 89-year-old billionaire to CNN Sport on Friday.

The six-time world champion began by writing, "Damn, I just don't even know where to start with this one. " Hamilton later called Ecclestone's comments both "ignorant" and "uneducated. "

"Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong -- ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen," Hamilton wrote.

Prior to Hamilton taking to social media, Formula 1 said in a statement it "completely disagreed with Bernie Ecclestone's comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society. " It added that his title of Chairman Emeritus expired at the start of 2020.

Ecclestone -- no stranger to controversy -- made the remark as he discussed a commission set up by Hamilton in an effort to increase diversity in the sport.

"I don't think it's going to do anything bad or good for Formula 1," he said.

Somebody's not the same as White people and Black people should think the same about White people. '

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