Bernie Ecclestone says Lewis Hamilton is “bigger than F1”

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Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says Lewis Hamilton is a “first-class guy” and compliments him on how he uses his status in Formula 1.

In an interview with Autocar Bernie Ecclestone was asked to give his opinion of six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

“He’s different, that’s great,” said the Briton.

“He’s a first-class guy. He’s actually bigger than F1. Nothing wrong with launching clothes lines or having rappers as friends.

“I don’t think people give him an instruction book and start telling him what to do. He’s in a position where he can speak out and wake a few people up, and I’m pleased he’s using it.

“He has also said he feels the sport is a bit too safe now, which I agree with.

“I don’t want anybody to get hurt, but some of that knife-edge excitement has gone from it,” concluded Ecclestone.

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