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Mercedes launches new livery for F1 2020 in a push for diversification

The team has taken another step to make the sport more inclusive

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Mercedes has unveiled a new livery for the 2020 F1 season to make a statement on recent happenings with the aim of diversification.

Mercedes makes a statement with its new livery for the 2020 F1 season as it makes a statement on the recent happenings around the world with regards to COVID-19 pandemic and also the Black Lives Matter movement.

In a surprise, Mercedes revised its existing livery to add more black in support of the movement and balance their workforce which by their own admission is not up to the mark. The release states that they have only three percent from minority group.

Additionally, the women proportion sits at 12 percent. The aim in the coming years for Mercedes is to balance out the workforce across all divisions to make it workable for all as it aligns itself with F1 and FIA's We Race As One initiative.

Markus Schaefer, Member of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Responsible for Group Research and Non-Executive Chairman of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said: "In recent weeks, events around the world have reinforced the importance of continuing to fight against racism and all forms of discrimination.

"At Mercedes, we know that the strength of our organisation lies in the diversity of our people, and we are proud to be able to use one of our most prominent global platforms to signal our commitment to this fundamental principle of our society and our business."

Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team commented: "Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: 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.

"We will not shy away from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action. We intend to find and attract the very best talents from the broadest possible range of backgrounds, and to create credible pathways for them to reach our sport, in order to build a stronger and more diverse team in the future.

"I would also like to use this opportunity to thank our parent company Mercedes-Benz and our family of team partners who have supported and encouraged this initiative." F1 champion and leader of the movement within the sport, Lewis Hamilton said: "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.

"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."

Valtteri Bottas added: "Formula One is a world that is defined by performance, but it still contains many barriers for people who come from backgrounds that haven’t traditionally been part of the sport.

"We know that our teams are stronger when they are more representative of the society we are part of, and it is important for us to be united and show our commitment to change. Racism and discrimination have no place in our sport or in our society and I am proud to stand with the team, with Lewis and with Mercedes-Benz in making this important statement."

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[Image courtesy: Mercedes] [Note: The story was written by me on FormulaRapida.net]

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