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Lewis Hamilton slams ‘ignorant’ Sir Jackie Stewart and Andretti after being branded ‘militant’ over anti-racism campaign

LEWIS HAMILTON has labelled Sir Jackie Stewart and F1 legend Mario Andretti “ignorant” over a lack of support for his anti-racism campaign.

The British six-time world champion has been vocal in trying to get F1 to do more to promote diversity in the sport.

Lewis Hamilton has remained vocal to promote diversity in F1

They launched the Race As One campaign, which has created some unity during the opening three races of the season.

But not all drivers have taken a knee before races and others have worn anti-racism T-shirt’s while others haven’t.

As the only black driver, Hamilton has vowed to speak to race chiefs to “do a better job” in spreading the message.

Hamilton’s calls have been questioned by Andretti, who labelled the Mercedes driver a “militant”.

American F1 and IndyCar hero Andretti, 80, said: “I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but why become a militant? He’s always been accepted and he’s earned everyone’s respect.

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“I think the whole point of this is pretentious. I feel that way. And it’s creating a problem that doesn’t exist.”

Hamilton was quick to respond, claiming that Andretti needed to be educated.

He replied: “This is disappointing but unfortunately a reality that some of the older generation who still have a voice today cannot get out of their own way and acknowledge there is a problem.

“Again, this is plain ignorance but that will not stop me from continuing to push for change.

“It is never too late to learn and I hope that this man who I’ve always had respect for can take the time to educate himself.”

Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart also claimed there was “no resistance to change”.

The 81-year-old said: “I think Lewis has been a great example to lots of people.

Mario Andretti, left, labeled Lewis Hamilton as a ‘militant’

“He’s quite vocal about these elements, I don’t think there’s as big a problem as there might seem.

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“There is no resistance for change if someone is clever and good at what they do. They will be accepted in Formula 1.”

Hamilton bluntly responded: “Again, another one. Just disappointing.”

Sir Jackie Stewart believes there isn’t a diversity issue in F1

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