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Lewis Hamilton’s Commission publishes findings and makes recommendations to increase motorsport diversity

The Hamilton Commission, launched in June 2020 by F1’s seven-time world champion and the Royal Academy of Engineering, makes 10 suggestions to drive lasting change to extend the variety of black folks in motorsport

Last Updated: 12/07/21 11:48pm


Lewis Hamilton says he’s dedicated to serving to implement the modifications required to make motorsport extra various, as his fee launched its findings and proposals to extend the illustration of black folks in engineering careers.

The Hamilton Commission, established by F1’s seven-time world champion along with the Royal Academy of Engineering final yr, printed its report after 10 months of analysis into the limitations confronted by black college students progressing into engineering careers, after which contained in the motorsport trade.

Hamilton, who co-chaired the fee with Dr Hayaatun Sillem working with a board of 14 commissioners, believes the analysis units out “clear meaningful steps” for the motorsport trade to turn out to be extra inclusive, whereas additionally tackling the areas that may be improved in schooling.

The report states that “factors within wider society, some of which are systemic in nature, as well as practices within Formula 1 have been identified as contributing towards a situation in which only 1 per cent employees in Formula 1 are from Black backgrounds”.

These elements embody “hiring practices within motorsport teams that favour students from a select group of high-ranking universities”; geographical elements; decrease expectations of black college students’ educational skills; and the dearth of black position fashions in STEM educating positions.

The Hamilton Commission units out 10 suggestions to drive lasting change underneath three key strands – help and empowerment, accountability and measurement, and inspiration and engagement.

The suggestions embody asking F1 groups, and different motorsport organisations, to implement a Diversity and Inclusion constitution, broadening entry by increasing the apprenticeships provision, establishing a brand new exclusions innovation fund, and calling for added STEM exercise help to be offered to supplementary faculties led by black group teams throughout the UK.

“Given the right opportunities and support, young people can excel at whatever they put their minds to, but our research shows that many young Black people are being closed out of opportunities within STEM, and having their full potential limited,” stated 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 15 years of waiting for the industry to catch up, I realised I had to take action myself.

“In order to do this, I wanted to know what was stopping the trade from being as various because the world round it.

“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 those limitations I recognise from my very own experiences, however our findings have opened my eyes to only how far-reaching these issues are. Now that I’m armed with the Commission’s suggestions, I’m personally dedicated to making sure they’re put into motion. I’m so happy with our work up to now, however that is actually only the start.”

F1: ‘We want a sport that is representative of our hugely diverse fan base’

Formula 1 said it welcomed the report from The Hamilton Commission and that the sport would continue to work to create a more diverse culture, with the findings to serve to “stimulate ideas about additional actions which can be required”.

Stefano Domenicali, F1’s president and CEO, said in a statement: “The Hamilton Commission has delivered a complete and spectacular report that exhibits the fervour Lewis has for this essential problem.

“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 need a sport that’s consultant of our vastly various fan base and that’s the reason Formula 1, the FIA and all of the groups are working laborious to ship on our detailed plans to create constructive change throughout the game.

“There is always more to do and the report will stimulate thoughts about further actions that are required.”

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