Sports Toto Wolff: Black Mercedes paint is just the beginning

12:50  30 june  2020
12:50  30 june  2020 Source:   vodcmssec-a.akamaihd.net

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Team Mercedes have raced in silver in the Formula One since its debut in the motorsport but have In a statement released by the team, it said that the Black Lives Matter movement has "shone a According to Mercedes , just 3 per cent of the workforce belong from minority ethnic groups, whereas

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Im Kampf gegen Rassismus gehen Lewis Hamilton und Toto Wolff Hand in Hand © Motorsport Images Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff go hand in hand in the fight against racism

This Monday Mercedes surprised with a completely black paint job of its W11 for the Formula 1 season 2020. The world champion team wants to set an example in the fight against racism and for more diversity in the premier class. Now team boss Toto Wolff explains how this design came about.

world champion Lewis Hamilton, who is actively involved in the "Black Lives Matter" movement, had approached him. "Lewis wanted to know from me what character we can set as a team. Something that goes beyond two posts on Instagram", Wolff is quoted by the 'Standard' at a media round in Vienna.

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I see a line of cars and they're all painted black With flowers and my love both never to come back. I see people turn their heads and quickly look away Like a new born baby it just happens every day. I wanna see the sun flying high in the sky I wanna see it painted , painted , painted , painted black Yeah!

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This gave rise to the idea of ​​contesting the season that started on Sunday in Austria with black cars instead of the usual silver arrow look. "The board of directors of Daimler and the sponsors supported us immediately," reveals Wolff, emphasizing that the new paint scheme is by no means to be understood as a PR campaign.

Wolff confirms lack of diversity at Mercedes itself

"The right convictions are not enough if we remain silent. We would therefore like to use our voice and our platform to campaign for respect and equality," says the Mercedes team boss. He hopes to be able to start a rethink in his own ranks.

Because: "Only three percent of our workforce belong to an ethnic minority, only twelve percent are women. This lack of diversity shows that we need new approaches. There is a lot of talent that the door to Formula 1 has so far been closed. That is what we want we change." The paint job is not enough, of course.

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Wolff does not think of a quota, but says: "We want to deliver substantial things. Increasing diversity will improve our performance in the long term. We want to cooperate with universities that are based on the classic engineering universities such as Cranfield, Imperial, Oxford and Cambridge fall. "

self-reflection: Wolff is now more aware of the problem

The team is following the approach of Hamilton, who recently launched his own commission. In it, the Briton wants to campaign for more diversity in so-called MINT subjects and thus ensure in the long term that people of different origins will find it easier to enter the racing industry.

Wolff praises this commitment. "Lewis uses the momentum to make a difference, he wants a lasting change," says the Austrian. "He asked me how many times in my life I thought about my skin color. How often I felt that I was being disadvantaged. To be honest: Never before."

The problem of discrimination is not limited to skin color. "I've never been asked how I can reconcile job and child. It happens to my wife all the time," said Wolff. "It's not just about the obvious discrimination, it's also about the subtle one." They also want to raise awareness of them.

Lewis Hamilton creates its own commission for more diversity .
© Motorsport Images With the Hamilton Commission, the Mercedes driver wants to make a difference As part of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has his vote against Racism has recently become increasingly louder. Now the Briton is putting his words into action and announces the establishment of his own commission in partnership with the "Royal Academy of Engineering".

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