Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is saddened and disappointed by comments made by former Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone regarding race during an interview with CNN this week.

Six time champion Hamilton took to Instagram on Saturday to say:

Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong.

“It makes complete sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more diverse or to address the racial abuse I received throughout my career.

“If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep-rooted issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand? It starts at the top.

“Now the time has come for change. I will not stop pushing to create an inclusive future for our sport with equal opportunity for all. To create a world that provides equal opportunity for minorities.”

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