Hamilton is committed to diversity: ''I want to know why this is so''

24-09-2020 10:11 | Updated: 24-09-2020 11:59
by GPblog.com
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Hamilton is committed to diversity: ''I want to know why this is so''

Lewis Hamilton already announced in June this year that he had drawn up 'The Hamilton Commission' to increase diversity in motor sport. Together with the Royal Academy of Engineering he wants to find out why no progress is being made in this area.

The Hamilton Commission

Hamilton can match Michael Schumacher's record in the Russian Grand Prix by achieving his 91st victory in F1. At the end of this year an even bigger prize awaits if he can match the German with a seventh world title. Off the track, Hamilton is also working hard on different projects.

For example, in June, Hamilton started the project called 'The Hamilton Commission'. That committee has since taken shape with fourteen people, including former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh and former British sports minister Tracey Crouch. The committee is headed by Hamilton and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, the director of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Hamilton wants to make a difference

''Since I started my professional career in Formula 1 some fourteen years ago, I have been the only driver of colour and unfortunately, that is still the case. However, in Formula 1 our teams are much bigger than just the drivers, but also within those organisations there is hardly any diversity. The change is not coming soon enough and I want to know why," says Hamilton to Sky Sports.

''This is why I set up the committee and I'm proud to work with the Royal Academy of Engineering and our committee members to identify the barriers that young black people face when they want to enter motorsport. We are committed to this cause and want to make a change," concludes the Mercedes driver.

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