Bernie Ecclestone has doubled down on his comments regarding racism in a defiant response to Lewis Hamilton.
The former F1 supremo was slammed last week after claiming "in many cases black people are more racist than white people".
Six-time Formula One world champion Hamilton was among those to hit back at Ecclestone's comments, branding them "ignorant and uneducated".
The 89-year-old was also criticised by F1 as an organisation, who said they "disagreed" with his view which has "no place in Formula 1 or society.”
Unperturbed though, Ecclestone has now backed up his original statements with a fresh take in an interview with The Mail.
"I am not anti black people," Ecclestone said. "Quite the opposite. I have always been very much in favour.
"In fact, Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me. He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black.
"If the project had been right, I would have done it."
He added: "Over the years, I have met a lot of white people I didn’t like, but never a black person I didn’t like."
Ecclestone went on to explain how he had previously been mugged by three black men, which resulted in him needing hospital treatment, though says the experience never made him "against anyone who was black".
He continued by suggesting no one is turned down for a job due to their race, and claimed "it’s suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity."
Formula One were quick to distance themselves from Ecclestone following his previous comments, stating clearly that he had not played any role in the organisation since his departure in 2017, and all links with him ended earlier this year.
Hamilton himself has taken a great stand against racism, joining marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, while also being vocal on social media sites.
"So sad and disappointing to read these comments," the Mercedes driver said on the original remarks. "Bernie is out of the sport and of a different generation.
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"But this is exactly what is wrong — ignorant and uneducated comments which show how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen."
However Ecclestone has continued to fight his corner, and said in defence: "It’s not my fault I am white, or that I am a little shorter than the next man.
"I was called Titch at school. I realised I had to do something about it. Black people should look after themselves."
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