Mercedes has revealed it will be racing an all-new black livery during the 2020 Formula 1 season to support the stance against racism and discrimination.
F1 revealed last week it would be launching an initiative aimed at improving inclusivity in the sport as a result of recent protests regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
All teams will have a rainbow visible on their cars, with the logo also to feature across circuit’s during the campaign, as F1 hopes to improve the diversity of the paddock.
Mercedes has chosen to run an all-black colour scheme on the W11 as both a pledge to increase the diversity of its own team – with just 3% of its workforce belonging to a minority ethic group – but also as a stand against all forms of racism.
Speaking on the team’s anti-racism campaign, team boss Toto Wolff said: “Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief at Mercedes. But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent.
“We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport.
“We will not shy away from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action.
“We intend to find and attract the very best talents from the broadest possible range of backgrounds, and to create credible pathways for them to reach our sport, in order to build a stronger and more diverse team in the future.
“I would also like to use this opportunity to thank our parent company Mercedes-Benz and our family of team partners who have supported and encouraged this initiative.”
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will wear black overalls over the course of the season and will also change their helmet designs to support the cause.
Six-time world champion Hamilton, the only black driver on the grid, has been a leading voice in efforts to make F1 aware of racial injustice, forming his own foundation in the process.
“It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity,” Hamilton said.
“I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change.
“When I spoke to Toto about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united.
“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.
“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, 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.”