Mercedes have unveiled a new livery in support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which will be run throughout the 2020 season.
The decision to switch to an all black livery marks the end of their traditional silver livery, which they have ran since returning to Formula One in 2010.
Mercedes have confirmed that the new livery will be run for the first time in Austria this weekend, coming after discussions with team members and a decision to reflect on the team ‘as it is today and how we want it to be in the future.’
This all-black base livery will also serve as a public pledge by Mercedes to improve the diversity, whilst also acting as a message that the team stands against racism and all forms of discrimination with ‘End Racism’ displayed on the halo of both cars.
Mercedes have also confirmed that the #WeRaceAsOne initiative will be displayed on the mirrors of both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ cars.
Speaking of the decision to change livery for this season, Team Principal – Toto Wolff spoke of the need for ‘greater diversity, saying; “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.”
New ‘Diversity and Inclusion programme….’
A new ‘Diversity and Inclusion programme’ will also be launched before the end of this year, with the aims of continuing to listen and raise awareness of team members as well as analysing ‘recruitment and development processes.’
The programme will also collaborate with key stakeholders to improve accessibility to F1, whilst also focusing on targeted education initiatives for people of under-represented backgrounds who have an ambition to break into F1.
Wolff iterated that the aim of the initiative is to create ‘pathways’ to F1, saying; “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.”
Six time F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton spoke of the need for current F1 personnel to be “leaders” and “build a legacy”, saying; “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.”