Formula 1 announces a new scholastic program to tackle diversity issues in the sport

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 04: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Formula 1 has announced its goal for the new scholarship program. The project will include internships and apprenticeships with the goal in mind of tackling diversity in the sports industry.

After the breakthrough of social movements in 2020, Formula 1 has worked hard to improve diversity within the sport. However, the most impactful figure behind the movement has been Lewis Hamilton. In June 2020, F1 announced its “We Race As One” foundation to help fund students from more diverse backgrounds. In addition, Hamilton started his own Hamilton Commission.

“I’m delighted to announce that scholars, apprentices and interns will get the chance to fulfil dreams in Formula 1. I know they have amazing futures ahead of them. Our #WeRaceAsOne platform is our commitment to make real change and shows our recognition that we now we must make a positive contribution to the world we live in. All of the teams are commited to this and the work of the Hamilton Commission shows the dedication to addressing these issues across Formula 1.

Our focus is on diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. We will continue to drive forward with our plans to bemore diverse, more sustainable and leave a lasting positive impact on the countries and communites we visit. We know we must continue to move forward on these issues and the whole sport is untied in doing this in the monts and years ahead.”

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Earlier this week, the Hamilton Commission released a report which reveals that less than one percent of F1’s employees are from black backgrounds. The new F1 initiative will cover the full scholarship and provide living stipends for its students.

All Ten F1 teams have promised to provide work experiences to students. Partner institutions have been set in the UK and Italy, including the University of Cambridge.

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