Formula 1 has welcomed a report on the state of diversity in motorsport by a commission founded by Lewis Hamilton.
“While I have enjoyed a successful career in motorsport, it’s been a lonely path as one of the few black individuals within Formula 1 and, after fifteen years of waiting for the industry to catch up, I realised I had to take action myself,” Hamilton continued.
“Through the commission’s research, we can see there are clear meaningful steps the motorsport industry needs to take towards creating a more inclusive environment where diversity can thrive but also that we must tackle the barriers facing black students that exist throughout their educational journey. Some of these barriers I recognise from my own experiences, but our findings have opened my eyes to just how far reaching these problems are.”
The commission laid out a series of recommendations through which F1 teams and other motorsport organisations can promote an increase in black participants. They include implementing charters to promote diversity and inclusion, expanding apprenticeships, funding programmes to address high exclusion rates among black schoolchildren, supporting the recruitment of more black teachers in STEM subjects and creating scholarship programmes for black graduates.
Formula 1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said the series will confirm details of the next steps it will take to address the issue in the near future.
Calling the report “comprehensive and impressive”, Domenicali said “we will take the time to read and reflect on all of the findings, but we completely agree that we need to increase diversity across the sport and we have taken action to address this and will be announcing more actions in the coming days.”
“We want a sport that is representative of our hugely diverse fan base and that is why Formula 1, the FIA and all the teams are working hard to deliver on our detailed plans to create positive change across the sport,” Domenicali continued. “There is always more to do and the report will stimulate thoughts about further actions that are required.”
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