Mercedes introduced Monday that it’ll race in all-black automobiles for the 2020 Components One season because it pledges to struggle racism and enhance the range of its group.
Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas may also race in black overalls for the season, which begins Sunday in Austria after an extended delay brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Black Lives Matter” motion has shone a looking mild on how a lot we’d like new measures and actions within the struggle in opposition to racism and all types of discrimination,” Mercedes introduced in its color swap from silver.
Hamilton, who’s the one Black world champion in F1, has spoken broadly about racism following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis final month. He plans to create a fee to extend range in motorsport.
“It’s so necessary that we seize this second and use it to teach ourselves whether or not you’re a person, model or firm to make actual significant modifications in the case of making certain equality and inclusivity,” Hamilton stated within the announcement Monday.
Hamilton stated he had spoken to Mercedes F1 group principal Toto Wolff about standing united.
Solely 12% of Mercedes staff are ladies
“I’ve personally skilled racism in my life and seen my household and mates expertise racism, and I’m talking from the center once I attraction for change,” Hamilton stated.
Mercedes stated Monday that simply three per cent of its workforce identifies as belonging to minority ethnic teams, and that solely 12 per cent of its staff are ladies.
“We won’t shrink back from our weak spot on this space, nor from the progress we should nonetheless make; our livery is our public pledge to take optimistic motion,” Wolff stated.
“We intend to seek out and entice the easiest skills from the broadest potential vary of backgrounds, and to create credible pathways for them to achieve our sport, in an effort to construct a stronger and extra numerous group sooner or later,” Wolff added.
The season will lastly get underway with back-to-back races on the Austrian Grand Prix as a part of an eight-race European swing. The Pink Bull Ring in Spielberg will host races on July 5 and 12.