Lewis Hamilton commits to ‘changing’ the representation of motorsport through the Hamilton Commission

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Lewis Hamilton wants to provide better paths and opportunities for black students to work in the motorsport industry

Lewis Hamilton is committed to uncovering the causes of the lack of diversity in motorsport and to “making a change” by appointing the members of the Hamilton Commission.

The six-time Formula 1 world champion said he wanted “real, tangible and measurable change” when he launched the research initiative in June.

Hamilton, who could equal Michael Schumacher’s record 91 victories at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, is the only black driver in F1.

Former McLaren Team Director Martin Whitmarsh and Tracey Crouch, the former Sports Minister, are part of the 14-member commission, which will be chaired by Hamilton and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Managing Director of the Royal Academy of Engineering .

“Since I started my professional racing career in Formula 1 14 years ago, I was the first colored driver and to this day, unfortunately, still is,” said Hamilton.

“Insufficient representation for all skill sets – from garage to plant engineers and design departments”

Lewis Hamilton

“However, what is more concerning is that there are still very few people of color in the sport as a whole.

“In F1 our teams are much larger than the athletes who came before them, but there is insufficient representation in all skill sets – from garage to plant engineers and design departments.

“Change is not happening fast enough and we need to know why.

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Lewis Hamilton called on the government to ensure that children learn about diversity in school.

Lewis Hamilton called on the government to ensure that children learn about diversity in school.

“This is why I wanted to create the commission and I’m proud to be working with the Royal Academy of Engineering and our amazing Council of Commissioners to identify the barriers black youth face in embracing STEM math) careers in sports automobile. We are dedicated to this cause and together we will make a change.

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Lewis Hamilton also called on the F1 authorities to do “much more” in the fight against racism and inequality.

Lewis Hamilton also called on the F1 authorities to do “much more” in the fight against racism and inequality.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team is using an all-black livery, instead of its silver mark, in the 2020 season in a stance against racism and diversity.

The world champions also pledged to improve diversity within their own workforce and admitted in June that “only three percent of their workforce identify as belonging to ethnic minority groups , while only 12 percent are women ”.

Hamilton is one of the F1 drivers who chose to take a knee ahead of the Grands Prix this season

Hamilton is one of the F1 drivers who chose to take a knee ahead of the Grands Prix this season

Hamilton has been at the forefront of the sport’s anti-racism message this year, which includes protests before each grand prix.

Formula 1 has created a new foundation to fund internships and apprenticeships for people from under-represented groups, with sports CEO Chase Carey making a personal donation of $ 1 million and pledging to work with the Hamilton Commission.

Watch this week’s Russian Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1, starting with Practice One from 9am Friday.

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