“The Time for Token Gestures Is Over” – Lewis Hamilton Launches a New Initiative to Encourage Diversity

Published 06/21/2020, 2:45 AM EDT


Two weeks ahead of the first race, Lewis Hamilton continues to be invested in important off-track matters. Hamilton has been the leading light in the F1 world in the fight against racism. For the past few weeks, Lewis has been very active on his various social media accounts. Additionally, he’s also been very vocal in his support for the ‘black lives matter’ movement. This time, the Mercedes driver is all set to launch a commission that aims to increase diversity in the world of motorsports.

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Lewis Hamilton hopes his commission will enable change

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Hamilton announced the launch of the ‘Hamilton Commission’ together with the Royal Academy of Engineering as partners. Hamilton wrote an article on The Sunday Times about the same. Lewis said the commission is  “dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to engage more young people from black backgrounds with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. (It will) ultimately employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”

Additionally, Lewis said, “it will explore areas including lack of role models and career services at schools. (It will give) opportunities to engage more black youth with STEM extracurriculars. (It will dissolve) barriers that prevent people from joining the racing industry. And (remove) problematic hiring practices that result in fewer black graduates entering engineering professions. This will not be an arm’s length research. We want to hear from young people who deal with these challenges every day. We are in the process of bringing on additional partners. (People) who work on the ground in black communities to bring first-hand perspective.” 

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Furthermore, Hamilton said, “In addition, we want to bring in leaders from policy and business who are committed to leading on the activation of research recommendations. The time for platitudes and token gestures is over. I hope that the Hamilton Commission enables, real, tangible, and measurable change. When I look back in 20 years, I want to see the sport that gave a shy, working-class black kid from Stevenage so much opportunity.”

Nevertheless, away from all of Lewis’ brilliance outside of F1, he’ll be raring to hit the track in Austria. Moreover, Lewis will have his sights set on his seventh world championship title.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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