Diversity and Racism: Mercedes dresses in black to leave a positive message to society

Mercedes switch to all-black livery for 2020 in a stand against racism and commitment to diversity.

For the 2020 season world champions Mercedes will be switching the colors of Lewis Hamilton’s and Valtteri Bottas’s cars to black as they make a stand against racism and discrimination, and pledge to improve the diversity of their team.

End Racism

The announcement comes amid global protests around the world in support of Black Lives Matter, a campaign which Hamilton – the first black superstar in F1 history - has vocally supported.

Hamilton has since announced the setting up of a new commission to improve diversity in motorsport, while Formula 1 has launched the #WeRaceAsOne initiative, along with a new Task Force specifically focused on identifying the employment and education opportunities for under-represented groups across Formula 1.

 “Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief of Mercedes. But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent.

I was so happy to see people of all ages, sporting Black Lives Matter signs and saying it just as passionately as I was. I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there today in the name of equality for all. It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing. #blacklivesmatter.

In Mercedes’ organization, just three percent of the workforce identify as belonging to minority ethnic groups and only 12% of employees are women. The team says it’s this lack of diversity that shows they need to find new approaches to attract talent from many areas of society they do not currently reach, and they have committed to announcing a diversity and inclusion program before the end of the season.

“We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport.”

Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief of Mercedes.

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