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Hamilton insists Mercedes silver switch will 'make no difference' to equality push

Hamilton insists Mercedes silver switch will 'make no difference' to equality push

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Hamilton insists Mercedes silver switch will 'make no difference' to equality push

Hamilton insists Mercedes silver switch will 'make no difference' to equality push
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Lewis Hamilton believes a switch from Mercedes' current black livery back to its old Silver Arrows guise would "not make a difference" to the collective push for diversity.

The German manufacturer made the bold step to change the iconic silver look in order to support Hamilton in his quest to promote diversity and inclusion in F1 and the automotive industry.

Hamilton then went on to set up the Hamilton Commission, which has since given recommendations to F1 and the FIA on steps that could be taken.

The driver-team partnership has also launched initiatives such as Ignite and Mission 25, both with the overall aim of breaking down barriers and allowing greater representation of minorities in F1.

Mercedes carried over the black livery into a second season this year, although it is now being suggested the silver will return in 2022.

"I don't have a particular feeling towards it, I am not involved in that particularly now, for next year," said Hamilton when asked for his thoughts.

"It is originally the Silver Arrows and I did expect when I asked if we could make the car black last year in terms of the symbolism, what the intent would be moving forward in terms of support.

"I wasn't expecting it to last long and we carried it into a second season which is awesome.

"If it goes back, it will be a nice change and it doesn't deter us from the changes we are making internally and we continue to push for diversity, even working with all our partners.

"Just the other day with UBS, they had these young kids, trying to inspire the next generation of young engineers of all different backgrounds.

"We have got a good programme going so it doesn't make a difference."

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Hoosen

Great! If all the drivers use their status to support platform/programmes to lift people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and nationality. To lift them from to a better life.

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Great! If all the drivers use their status to support platform/programmes to lift people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and nationality. To lift them from to a better life.

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I totally disagree and feel that racing and political matters are two different things and should be kept that way. All lives matter not just black ones and by Hamilton taking the knee whilst driving for Mercedes who are well documented for human abuse is bit of a joke really. If Hamilton feels that strong on BLM he would resign his position from the company he drives for.

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