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Mercedes to race in black cars for 2020 in stand against racism

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Silver Arrows return to racing with renewed purpose. Lewis Hamilton's F1 car.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team has announced that their cars will don a black livery for the 2020 season as a statement that the reigning champions "stand against racism and all forms of discrimination."

(CNN)Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team has announced that their cars will don a black livery for the 2020 season as a statement that the reigning champions "stand against racism and all forms of discrimination. "

Six-time world champion Hamilton, who is the only Black driver on the Formula One grid, has been at the heart of the call for increased diversity in the sport.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business.

On June 20, he announced the formation of the Hamilton Commission on June 20, a research partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used to engage more young people from Black backgrounds with STEM subjects and ultimately employ them on racing teams or in other engineering sectors.

The move comes just days after former Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone said often "Black people are more racist than White people" and that nothing had been done about addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in the sport because people were "too busy trying to win races or find sponsors or something. "

Taking to Instagram, Hamilton said: "If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep routed (sic) issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand.

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