Saturday , July 11 2020

Mercedes to race in black cars for 2020 in stand against racism

Team pilots Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will also wear an all-black jumpsuit, as opposed to their usual all-white.
The Silver Arrows resume racing in a new all-black paint job.

Six-time world champion Hamilton, who is the only black driver on the Formula 1 grid, has been at the heart of the call for increased diversity in the sport.

Speaking of the new paint job, Hamilton said: “When I spoke to (the main team) Toto (Wolff) about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said he was so important that we remain united.

“I would like to say a big thank you to Toto and the Mercedes Board of Directors for taking the time to listen, speak and really understand my experiences and my passion, and for making this important statement that we are ready to change and improve a business over time.

“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to start a dialogue on how they can implement change. “

On June 20, he announced the formation of the Hamilton Commission on June 20, a research partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used to engage more young people from black backgrounds with subjects STEM and finally use them in races. teams or in other engineering sectors.

Mercedes also announced that the move was “a public commitment to improve diversity” within the team.

The team said that while employees say that “the experience on our team is inclusive”, only 3% of employees identify themselves as belonging to a minority ethnic group and only 12% of employees are women.

Lewis Hamilton:

The six manufacturers’ champions have established their intention to remedy this disparity by “positive action” and declared that their “commitment to do so was irreversible”.

The move comes just days after former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone often said that “black people are more racist than white people” and that nothing had been done to address diversity and inclusion in sport because people were “too busy trying to win races”. or find sponsors or something. “
Ecclestone’s statement was greeted with dismay by the entire Formula One community, including Hamilton, who called Ecclestone’s comments “ignorant and uneducated”.

Speaking to Instagram, Hamilton said: “If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep issues (sic) that we black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under it to understand. It starts from the top.

“The time has come for change. I will continue to press for an inclusive future for our sport with equal opportunities for all.”

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