Hamilton would welcome return of Mercedes F1 silver livery
Mercedes replaced its traditional silver arrows livery with an all-black design ahead of the delayed start of the 2020 season in a strong anti-racist message amid activism around the world.
The black livery was kept for a second season in 2021, but the team could revert to its silver design next year.
After making a similar change for the last six races of the 2019-2020 Formula E season in Berlin last year, the Mercedes Formula E team have returned to their silver livery for the 2020-21 campaign.
Hamilton has been F1’s most vocal figure in favor of greater diversity and equality within the industry.
Last year, he created the Hamilton Commission, pushing for improved representation of blacks in British motorsport, as well as working with Mercedes on its internal “Accelerate 25” program.
Hamilton said over the Russian Grand Prix weekend that he had “no particular feeling for him” when asked about a possible return to a silver livery, placing more emphasis on practical changes underway to improve diversity and inclusion.
“It was the origin of the Silver Arrows,” Hamilton said.
“When I asked if we could go make the car black last year, in terms of symbolism, and what we intend to do in terms of support, I didn’t expect it to last. particularly long, and we wore it in a second season, which is great.
“If it comes back, it will be a nice change. This doesn’t deter us from the changes we make internally, as we continue to truly promote diversity, even working with all of our partners.
“Even the other day with UBS, we brought in these young people [and talk to us as we] try to inspire the next generation of engineers from all walks of life.
“We have a good program so it doesn’t make a difference. “
Mercedes launched its Accelerate 25 program last December, outlining a five-year plan to have 25% of all new starters on the team come from under-represented groups through 2025.
Hamilton and Mercedes jointly launched a charity initiative called Ignite in July this year following recommendations from the Hamilton Commission, focusing on increasing the level of various talent entering motorsport and pursuing careers in subjects. STEM.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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