In response to the fake quote attributed to Marko, he had originally posted: “Helmut, it deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour a distraction. I’m actually quite offended.
“A distraction for me was fans showing up in blackface to taunt my family on race weekends. A distraction for me was the unnecessary and additional adversity and unfair treatment I faced as a child, teen, and even now, due to the colour of my skin.
“I hope this speaks volumes to the few people of colour you do have on your team, about your priorities and how you view them. Wake up. This sport needs to change.”
Hamilton and Marko are both set to be in Austria next month when the 2020 F1 season kicks off with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
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