Mercedes F. 1 – New black livery against racism

The team Mercedes stood up openly against racism and discrimination of any kind. The team champion of the world gives a strong signal of his commitment, that will find space in an inclusion program in the long term, changing the colour of its machines. The Mercedes W11 entrusted to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race in the World by 2020 F. 1 with a livery all black.

We Race as One. In the last few weeks, the movement Black Lives Matter has mobilized to bring to light the cases of racism and discrimination, especially after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last may 25. Lewis Hamilton is exposed in the first person, going down in the streets to demonstrate. The six-times world champion, the first rider of colour in F1, is activated to engage the whole circus to get your voice heard that will concretely space in the initiative #WeRaceAsOne. Hamilton, through his social channels, he said: “I will Continue to use my voice to represent those that don’t have one and speak for those who are under-represented, to give them the opportunity to have a chance in our sport.” And Today, commenting on this initiative of the House of the Star, said: “I have experienced episodes of racism in the first person, and I speak from the heart when I appeal to the change. I would like to thank you very much Toto, and all the board of the Mercedes for taking the time to listen and really understand my experiences, and my passion and for having made this step so important”.

The first step of the Mercedes. The team managed by Toto Wolff has made a self-analysis by the sobering results. It is found that 3% of employees in the team identifies with ethnic minority groups and that only 12% of the workforce is represented by women. In a statement issued today reads: “this lack of diversity shows that we need to find new approaches to attract talent that currently do not reach”. To give a signal immediately to its commitment, the Mercedes has chosen to change the livery of its W11. For this year, it will disappear and the silver is typical of the cars of the Stuttgart to give place to a brand-new colouring all-black. Toto Wolff, team principal and ceo of team Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1, said: “racism and discrimination should not have place in our society, in our sport or in our team. This is a fundamental belief in the Mercedes. But it is wrong to remain silent: for this we have chosen to race with a livery totally black for this season. This livery is our public commitment to undertake positive actions”.

Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.