Lewis Hamilton says reverting his Mercedes’ original silver livery, from the current black, saying it would be a good change.
Mercedes painted its cars black last year in solidarity with Hamilton’s calls for global racial harmony, using Formula 1 as a leading platform to express sorrows and raise awareness of racial abuse in society .
Now, more than a year later, the return to the most iconic silver that was Mercedes’ trademark almost a century ago is not a problem for the world champion.
Hamilton last year explained the motivations for making a statement with the black livery: “It is so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, a brand or a business. , to make real meaningful change when it comes to ensuring equality. and inclusiveness.
“I have personally been a victim of racism in my life and have seen my family and friends experience it, and I speak from the bottom of my heart when I call for change. When I spoke to Toto about hopes for what we want to achieve as a team, I said that it is so important that we are united.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Toto and the Mercedes Board of Directors for taking the time to listen, speak and really understand my experiences and my passion, and for making this important statement that we are ready. to change and improve as a business.
“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sports, and if we can be the leaders and start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to start. a dialogue on how they can implement change, ”Hamilton concluded.
Mercedes team boss Tot Wolff added at the time: “Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: it is a fundamental belief at Mercedes. But having the right beliefs and the right mindset is not enough if we remain silent.
“We will use our voice and our global platform to advocate for respect and silver equality and the Silver Arrow will run in black throughout the 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport, ”Wolff said.
A year and a half later, Motorsport Network asked Hamilton, if he would agree to go back to the original color, he replied, “This is originally a Silver Arrow.
“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 does not distract us from the changes we are making 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, ”added the seven-time F1 world champion.
Mercedes are heading to round 16 of the 2021 F1 World Championship – the Turkish Grand Prix – topped the F1 constructors ‘standings and Hamilton topped the drivers’ standings.