Mercedes switch to all-black livery for 2020 (Reports).
Mercedes has revealed a new black livery for its Formula 1 car emblazoned with the motto “end racism” on its Halo.
The team said the unexpected announcement of a new look for the 2020 F1 season is “a signal of the team’s commitment to fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms.”
Lewis Hamilton, who has spoken out strongly in support of anti-racism protests in recent weeks, thanked team principal Toto Wolff for agreeing to the change from the team’s usual silver livery, which it will run throughout this year’s championship.
“It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity,” said Hamilton.
“I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change. When I spoke to Toto about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business. We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.”
Mercedes’ new look will be accompanied by a commitment to improving diversity within its team. According to Mercedes, just 12% of its employees are women, and only 3% are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
The team intends to a new programme during 2020 to promote diversity and inclusion. In a statement it said this will include: “Continuing to listen to and raise the awareness of our team members; forensic analysis of our recruitment and development processes; collaboration with the sport’s key stakeholders to improve accessibility to our sport; and targeted education initiatives to encourage and support talented people from under-represented backgrounds who aspire to reach F1.”
Team principal Toto Wolff said the team intends to “attract the very best talents from the broadest possible range of backgrounds” and thanked the team owner Mercedes for supporting the decision to depart from its traditional silver livery.
“Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team,” said Wolff. “This is a core belief at Mercedes.
“But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent. 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.”