*For Formula 1’s 2020 season, world champions Mercedes will be switching the colors of Lewis Hamilton’s and Valtteri Bottas’s cars to black as they make a stand against racism and discrimination, and pledge to improve the diversity of their team.
The announcement comes amid global protests in support of Black Lives Matter, a campaign which Hamilton – the first black superstar in F1 history – has vocally supported. Hamilton has since announced the launch of a new commission to improve diversity in motorsports, while Formula 1 has launched the #WeRaceAsOne initiative, along with a new Task Force specifically focused at identifying the employment and education opportunities for under-represented groups across Formula 1.
In addition to changing the colors of their car, Hamilton and Bottas will also race in black overalls in 2020, with both drivers adapting their helmet designs. As well as featuring prominently around the track in Austria, the call to “End Racism” will feature on the halo of Mercedes cars, while the united F1 initiative #WeRaceAsOne will be featured of the mirrors of the W11.
“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport,” said Hamilton, “and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.”
Watch commentary on Mercedes’ new reveal below: