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F1 issues statement following recent comments made by Bernie Ecclestone

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CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD, FRANCE - JUNE 22: FIA Formula One Flag during the French GP at Circuit Paul

Formula 1 has issued a statement following recent comments made by former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone on the subject of racism and equality.

“At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society,” the statement read.

"Mr Ecclestone has played no role in Formula 1 since he left our organisation in 2017, his title Chairman Emeritus, being honorific, expired in January 2020."

On Thursday, as part of the new #WeRaceAsOne initiative, Formula 1 announced details on a new Task Force and Foundation to increase diversity and inclusion, with current Formula 1 Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey providing the initial start-up funding for this foundation with a $1m personal contribution.

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