Lewis Hamilton has slammed Jackie Stewart and F1 legend Mario Andretti after criticizing him for his anti-racism campaign.
British six-time winner has been vocal for sports diversity, his campaign is criticized by some icons believing there is no racism in F1.
According to The Sun, 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.
“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.
“He’s quite vocal about these elements, I don’t think there’s as big a problem as there might seem.
“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.”