Ecclestone became discredited in the run-up to the Silverstone Grand Prix weekend by statements he made on Good Morning Britain. In it Ecclestone stated that he would still take a bullet for Vladimir Putin and he also defended Nelson Piquet after his racist remarks about Hamilton.
Ecclestone holds on
"Yes, maybe I am not sensitive enough. I see things differently. I also stand by one point: Putin was always fair to Formula One. I cannot say that of all Grand Prix organisers," Ecclestone said to Blick Ecclestone in a retrospective on the controversy. Especially Hamilton gave Ecclestone a hard time. The Briton wondered why such a person still had a platform.
"Lewis has forgotten a lot," Bernie told the Swiss medium. "When Mercedes didn't want to pay him what he asked for, I immediately said I would pay the difference. Formula 1 needs someone of colour, a Chinese and a woman," concluded the former CEO of motorsport's premier class.