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F1 continues push for diversity with new scholarship scheme

F1 continues push for diversity with new scholarship scheme

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F1 continues push for diversity with new scholarship scheme

F1 continues push for diversity with new scholarship scheme

F1 has announced the next step of its efforts to increase diversity in the sport with the introduction of new scholarships, apprenticeships and internships.

The sport has been on a mission to promote representation of minority groups within F1 since the introduction of the #weraceasone initiative last season, with former CEO Chase Carey donating $1million.

There will be 10 scholarships available across six universities for underrepresented groups with F1 funding their studies with placements at each team during their studies.

There will also be six internships offered at F1 itself and two apprenticeships with all opportunities pointed towards future jobs in the sport and primarily - although not exclusively - engineering focused.

In a statement, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said: "F1 is a global sport with fans across the world. We want to be as diverse as our fan base and that is why we are taking action to ensure talented people from underrepresented groups have the best opportunities to get into, and build, a fantastic career in this amazing sport.

"I am delighted to announce that scholars, apprentices and interns will get the chance to fulfil their dreams in Formula 1 and I know they have amazing futures ahead of them.

"I want to pay particular thanks to Chase whose generous donation is funding the ten scholarships."

The announcement comes following the release of a report from the Hamilton Commission, which found "only one per cent of employees in F1 are from Black backgrounds".

Domenicali added: “Our #WeRaceAsOne platform is our commitment to make real change and shows our recognition that we know we must make a positive contribution to the world we live in.

"All of the teams are committed to this and the work of the Hamilton Commission shows the dedication to addressing these issues across F1.

"Our focus is on Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability and Community and we will continue to drive forward with our plans to be more diverse, more sustainable and leave a lasting positive impact on the countries and communities we visit.

"We know we must continue to move forward on these issues and the whole sport is united in doing this in the months and years ahead.”


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