Stop mentioning Hamilton’s colour – Bernie

Sat, 14 April 2007, 11:43

Bernie Ecclestone has urged the F1 media to stop referring to the colour of Lewis Hamilton’s skin.

The F1 supremo suggested in Bahrain on Friday that the McLaren rookie was doing a good enough job this year without needing endless references to his record as the sport’s first ever black driver.

22-year-old Hamilton’s father Anthony was born in Britain to emigrants of the Caribbean island Granada, sparking press embellishments along the lines that Lewis is the ‘Tiger Woods’ of motor racing.

“I wish people wouldn’t keep on talking about him being coloured and all that because he doesn’t need to have the praise because he happens to be coloured,” said Bernie, 76.

“He is just bloody good. He is also young, good looking and talks to people. That’s important.

“The point is he is selling the business — 100 per cent.”

You may also like