Bernie Ecclestone defends Vladimir Putin and says Lewis Hamilton ought to ‘brush apart’ racist slur as F1 condemns feedback from former boss

Bernie Ecclestone stepped down as chief government of Components One in 2017; 91-year-old defends Nelson Piquet who twice used a racially offensive expression when referring to Hamilton; F1 says feedback “in very stark distinction” to values of the game

Final Up to date: 30/06/22 11:18am

Bernie Ecclestone has said he would still

Bernie Ecclestone has mentioned he would nonetheless “take a bullet” for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has defended Vladimir Putin over the battle in Ukraine, saying he would “take a bullet” for the Russian President, whereas additionally claiming Lewis Hamilton “must be glad” that Nelson Piquet apologised for his use of a racial slur.

Showing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning, Ecclestone got here out in defence of Putin, saying he “believed he was doing the fitting factor for Russia”, and blamed Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy for failing to have interaction in dialogue together with his counterpart.

Components 1 rapidly distanced itself from the remarks in a press release which learn: “The feedback made by Bernie Ecclestone are his private views and are in very stark distinction to place of the fashionable values of our sport.”

Ecclestone, 91, mentioned of Putin on GMB: “Sadly he is like a variety of enterprise folks, actually like me, that we make errors every so often and while you make the error, it’s important to do one of the best you possibly can to get out of it.

“The opposite particular person in Ukraine, his career I perceive, was a comic – and I feel plainly he desires to proceed that career.

“I feel if he’d thought of issues, he would positively have made a sufficiently big effort to talk to Putin, who’s a smart particular person, and would have listened to him and will have most likely carried out one thing about it.”

When it was identified that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had claimed the lives of 1000’s of harmless folks, Mr Ecclestone merely replied: “It wasn’t intentional”.

He continued: “One nation invaded one other, it is vitally intelligent to have the ability to work that out as a result of that’s precisely what occurred however it wasn’t intentional to be a battle.

“I am fairly positive Ukraine, in the event that they’d needed to get out of it correctly, might have carried out.”

When then requested about Piquet’s use of a racial slur in reference to Hamilton, Ecclestone claimed that Hamilton must be “glad” that he has acquired an apology and will simply “brush apart” the comment.

Sky Sports' Craig Slater goes through Nelson Piquet's apology to Lewis Hamilton and explains how the Formula One paddock will react.

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Sky Sports activities’ Craig Slater goes by Nelson Piquet’s apology to Lewis Hamilton and explains how the Components One paddock will react.

Sky Sports activities’ Craig Slater goes by Nelson Piquet’s apology to Lewis Hamilton and explains how the Components One paddock will react.

“I’ve recognized Nelson for an terrible very long time. I used to be with him a few weeks in the past. It isn’t the type of factor Nelson would say which means one thing dangerous,” he mentioned

“He most likely thinks plenty of issues he says which could upset us or would possibly really feel slightly bit offensive…. to him it is nothing. It is simply a part of dialog.”

Piquet’s feedback had been made as he gave his views on a crash involving Hamilton and Max Verstappen, whose companion is the Brazilian former world champion’s daughter.

Ecclestone mentioned: “Nelson would by no means exit of his technique to say something dangerous, actually. I feel what most likely occurred, figuring out Nelson as I do know him, as his daughter is the girlfriend of Max Verstappen, most likely after seeing the accident, he most likely exploded and carried that ahead.

“Nicely it is most likely not acceptable with us. However most likely it is not one thing horrible that occurs if you happen to mentioned that in Brazil.

Aston Martin director of communications, Matt Bishop has praised F1's 'universal' response condemning Nelson Piquet's racial comments about Lewis Hamilton.

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Aston Martin director of communications, Matt Bishop has praised F1’s ‘common’ response condemning Nelson Piquet’s racial feedback about Lewis Hamilton.

Aston Martin director of communications, Matt Bishop has praised F1’s ‘common’ response condemning Nelson Piquet’s racial feedback about Lewis Hamilton.

“Folks say issues… if folks occur to be slightly bit obese, or undersized like me, I am fairly positive lots of people have made remarks about that. If I might have heard it, I might have been capable of take care of it myself with out an excessive amount of hassle.

“I am shocked Lewis hasn’t simply brushed it apart. Or, higher than that, replied. However he is now come out and Nelson has apologised so everybody must be glad.”

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