London (AP) - After the sharp criticism of his statements about racism, the former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone attacked his successor.

"I am glad that he said that I am not part of Formula 1, then you can not connect me to things that they could not do," said the 89-year-old Briton of the "Mail on Sunday" .

The current top of the racing series around managing director Chase Carey had recently clearly distanced itself from Ecclestone. In a CNN interview, he said, among other things, that black people were in many cases more racist than white people.

Ecclestone now countered that Formula 1 had "suddenly jumped on the racism thing because of the events in America". In the past few weeks, world champion Lewis Hamilton had repeatedly supported the “Black Lives Matter” movement and complained about discrimination against blacks in motorsport. Formula 1 promised a stronger commitment to greater diversity before the restart in Austria next week.

Ecclestone, however, said that successor Carey should rather take care of the shareholders. «Covid was good for him. He was able to justify everything that he did not achieve, "said the longtime Formula 1 boss, not letting him go to the racetrack in the future," I would not recommend them, "said Ecclestone.

He also said: «I am not against black people. But on the contrary." It is not his fault that he is white or a little smaller than others. "Black people should take care of themselves," added the Briton. Mercedes superstar Hamilton had described Ecclestone's original statements as “ignorant and illiterate”.

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Ecclestone statements in the "Mail on Sunday"