'Lewis Hamilton has lost his drive, he will regret supporting Black Lives Matter' - Ex- Formula one boss Bernie Ecclestone

'Lewis Hamilton has lost his drive, he will regret supporting Black Lives Matter' - Ex- Formula one boss Bernie Ecclestone



Billionaire and ex-Formula one boss, Bernie Ecclestone says Lewis Hamilton is no longer the 'fighter' he once was and will regret his public support for the Black Lives Matter movement.



In an outspoken interview ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Ecclestone claimed Hamilton was not driving to his potential in his pursuit of a record eighth World Championship title and hinted that he could yet walk away from his new two-year £80million Mercedes contract.







Hamilton goes into this weekend's race on a five-race losing streak which leaves him 32 points adrift of Red Bull rival Max Verstappen.

The seven-time world champion drove superbly to win three of the opening four rounds, but fell off the road at a rain-hit Imola in April and threw away an unlikely win at last month’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he fluffed his lines at the restart.






“I have spoken to lots of people about this and perhaps Lewis is not quite the fighter that he was,” Ecclestone said to the Press Association.


“There are lots of occasions this year where he could have done better and he hasn’t. Before he hasn’t had any competition, the equipment has always been super, and he hasn’t really had to make the effort. But now maybe he is thinking that he better take it a bit easier.


“At the beginning of the year I thought he would look to win the championship and then retire. But it appears not, even though I wouldn’t rely too much on contracts. He can escape from that.


“He probably had a look at the clothing range and music but realised that it is not as easy to make money there as it is in Formula One.”

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