Lewis Hamilton announced the findings of the commission he created to study how to improve diversity in motorsport, citing “far-reaching” issues that need to be addressed.
The world champion was firmly committed to tackling racial inequalities and wanted to find ways to improve the racial mix in racing, which is still a predominantly white male sport.
He created the Hamilton Commission last year in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to research why so few BAME people were entering motorsport and after identifying the obstacles, make plans on what could be done to ensure that sport has a more diverse composition.
The report, to be released on Tuesday, is titled “Accelerating Change: Improving Black Representation in British Motorsport”. It identifies several key areas to be addressed with the ambition to effect long-term change.
These include calling on F1 teams to adopt a diversity and inclusion charter; for motorsport teams and companies to expand learning and set up scholarship programs to help black students advance in motorsport.
The report also emphasizes a broader perspective beyond races, including a fund to address factors that contribute to a high proportion of black students excluded from school; new approaches to increase the number of black teachers in STEM subjects; and the creation of additional schooling led by black community groups to promote STEM activity.
“Through the Commission’s research, we can see that there are clear and meaningful steps the motorsport industry needs to take to create a more inclusive environment where diversity can thrive,” said Hamilton. “But we also need to address the barriers black students face that exist throughout their school career.
“Our findings opened my eyes to the extent of these problems. Now that I am armed with the recommendations of the Commission, I personally pledge to ensure that they are implemented.
Hamilton will attempt to implement the recommendations on his own, including making a financial commitment, as well as working with his Mercedes team, F1, the motorsport industry, charities and other organizations.
Hamilton will continue his defense of his world title at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
Meanwhile, McLaren driver Lando Norris remained “shaken” after his watch was stolen after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. The 21-year-old came out unscathed from the incident after watching England’s penalty shoot-out loss to Italy on Sunday night.
A statement from the F1 team read: “McLaren Racing can confirm that Lando Norris was involved in an incident, after the Euro 2020 final match at Wembley, in which the watch he was wearing was taken. Fortunately, Lando was not injured, but he is understandably shocked.