29 july 2020 – Following the Formula 1 team, the Mercedes Formula E racing stable has also decided to finish the remainder of the season with a black livery. The stable thus supports the fight against racism and discrimination.
Prior to the start of the delayed F1 season, Mercedes decided to exchange the usual silver-gray color on the W11 for black. The team of drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas thus express their solidarity in the fight against racism, while also expressing the intention to set up a diversity program before the end of the season to tackle the lack of diversity within the team. Currently, only three percent of all workers are part of an ethnic minority.
The German automaker’s Formula E team is now also joining that movement. The Silver Arrow 01 cars of Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries are equipped with an all-black livery during the remainder of the season. The slogan ‘End Racism’ can be read on the halo of both cars. The change applies to the six races that Formula E will finish next month at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, with which the class closes the interrupted 2019/2020 season.
Mercedes also wants to use its ‘global platform’ in Formula E to combat racism and discrimination and to increase diversity and tolerance in society, said Bettina Fetzer, Mercedes vice president of Marketing. “The decision to change the signature look of our electric Silver Arrows underlines our position in favor of openness and respect when dealing with each other. The black base livery of our race cars is a reminder to everyone of the need to consolidate our values and mutual respect in the long run.”
Mercedes FE team boss Ian James emphasizes that Mercedes has the goal to start increasing diversity at a local level. “Racing is an industry in which ethnic diversity and gender equality has traditionally not been very present. So we have a long way to go to compensate for the imbalance in all areas of our workforce. Together with our partners, we see it as our duty to train and promote young talents, regardless of origin or gender, so that we can give them the opportunity to progress to Formula E in the coming years. ”
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