FILE – The British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton drives on the during the tests for the new Formula 1 Grand Prix season Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo on February 21, 2020 on the outskirts of Barcelona. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
Mercedes announced a brand new black-painted car for the 2020 Formula One season 2020 to support #BlackLivesMatter with its six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who vocally supports the fight against racism.
F1 emerges from its three-month break in Austria forced by corona viruses this weekend into a significantly changed world. The murder of African American George Floyd in US police custody last month sparked outrage and a global anti-racism movement.
Hamilton, the only black driver on the F1 grid, has set up a commission to steer more black teenagers into motorsport.
Mercedes stated in a statement that "only three percent of our workforce is identified as belonging to ethnic minorities in our organization and only 12% of our employees are women".
"This lack of diversity shows that we need to find new approaches to attract talent from many areas of society that we are currently not reaching," he added.
While they are proud of the team's "values and culture", the statement said: "The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on how much we do new measures and measures in the fight against racism and need all forms of discrimination. "
"For 2020, we decided to drive in a completely black base coat to improve the diversity of our team – and a clear statement that we are against racism and all forms of discrimination."
Team principal Toto Wolff said: "Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team."
The German added: "But having the right convictions and the right attitude is not enough if we remain silent. We want to use our voice and our global platform to stand up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow is for drive the entire 2020 season in black to demonstrate our commitment to more diversity in our team and our sport. ”
Hamilton, who begins his search for a record-breaking seventh title at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, said it was important: “We are using this moment and using it to let us know whether you are an individual, a brand or are a company to really make changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusiveness. "
His Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas said he was "proud to stand with this team, with Lewis and with Mercedes-Benz on this important statement".
Since leaving the lockdown, sports stars have been striving to oppose racism, be it through knee injuries, like Bundesliga or Premier League footballers, or by wearing Black Lives Matters on the back of their jerseys .
The Monday before, the West Indies cricket team announced that they would wear "Black Lives Matter" logos on their shirts during next month's test series against England to demonstrate solidarity with the global movement.
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