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Lewis Hamilton has praised Mercedes’ movement of turning the W11 into a ‘Black Arrow’ as its direct nod towards calling out racism in society Hamilton has thanked his Mercedes-AMG Petronas team for sending out such a ‘strong message’.
Ahead of this weekend’s 2020 F1 opener in Austria, six-time F1 World Champions Mercedes took everyone by surprise by revealing the W11 will don a stealthier black livery in what is a sharp departure from the uniform ‘Silver Arrows’ look it has barely changed over the past decade.
“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,” Hamilton said.
“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.”