Formula 1 has insisted it is committed to improving diversity within the sport following criticism of its efforts by Lewis Hamilton after yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.The six-times world champion said the sport has made “no progress” since launching its ‘#WeRaceAsOne’ campaign before the season began, following widespread anti-racism protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in May. Hamilton said he intends to speak to Formula 1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey, and FIA president Jean Todt, as he believes the sport is not doing enough.
A Formula 1 spokesperson told RaceFans today: “Ending racism and increasing diversity and inclusion in F1 is a clear priority and something everyone supports.
“We set out our plans for diversity and inclusion last November and have in recent weeks announced additional plans to create a task force to tackle these issues and a foundation with over $1 million [£790,000] already donated to create apprenticeships and job opportunities for under-represented groups.”
The initial $1 million was provided by Carey. Todt later announced the FIA Innovation Fund will contribute a further €1 million (£910,000) to the ‘#WeRaceAsOne’ foundation for improving diversity in motor sport.
“We want to make lasting change and are acting to do this,” the spokesperson added.
F1 drivers again made a joint gesture of support for efforts to end racism ahead of the race. However several arrived late to the ceremony, which had been relocated from the starting grid to the pit lane. Plans for how drivers would take a stand last weekend were discussed at the drivers’ briefing on Friday, where the subject was raised by Formula 1 representatives.
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