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Ex-Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has laid into Lewis Hamilton in his latest attack on the driver's "fashionable" push for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 90-year-old also admitted that he thinks Hamilton has lost some of his "fight" behind the wheel as his run of world titles is in danger of being broken.
Mercedes' Hamilton has won the drivers championship for the last four seasons, also winning the two before that after switching from McLaren.
However, the Brit's near-domination of the sport looks to be perhaps be coming to an end with Max Verstappen topping the charts, and Ecclestone reckons he may cut his newly extended contract short.
Bernie Ecclestone has once again given his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton
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"Perhaps Lewis is not quite the fighter he was," said the billionaire. "There are lots of occasions this year where he could have done better and he hasn’t.
"He has had no competition over the last few years. The equipment has always been super and he hasn’t had to make the effort.
"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."
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Ecclestone also revealed his reservations over Hamilton's huge push in the fight against racism, especially in F1, admitting he thinks that the Black Lives Matter has been made to look like people are "doing something" to combat equality.
When asked whether he speaks regularly to Hamilton, Ecclestone responded: "On and off. The last time was around the time of his support of Black Lives Matter.
"Lewis thought I was against it but he was wrong because I know what he is trying to do.
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"He called me because I spoke to his father, Anthony. I said the trouble for Lewis is that he has gone out of his way to wave the flag for Black Lives Matter and that people are making an awful lot of money out of this, and not him.
"As soon as the passion wears off, he will be left with it being his fault. And all he has ever done is try to do something to support it.
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"It is the same thing with football where these things have become the fashionable thing to do to make it look as if you are interested in doing something. But I wonder what people actually do apart from talking about it?
"Lewis has done more than most on this. I don’t know what the footballers have actually done other than support each other."