A fund designed to support education and employment of under represented groups is the first step F1 is taking in improving its inclusivity and diversity, and more pledges are expected to be announced as part of the initiative.
Mercedes acknowledged in its statement that the team three per cent of its staff are from minority ethnic groups and 12 per cent are women, and that it would work to build a more diverse working environment with the implementation of a Diversity and Inclusion programme.
The team will work to further raise awareness of the cause within, collaborate with key stakeholders in the sport to improve accessibility, reassess its hiring and development process and support initiatives in aid of individuals from under-represented groups and backgrounds.
“Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief at Mercedes,” team principal Toto Wolff said.
“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.”