The F1 2020 season begins (finally) in a few days in Austria and beyond the new cars, there should be some surprises.
It starts at Mercedes-AMG F1 Team which will not be driving Silver Arrows in 2020 but Black Arrows since the W11 will be on the starting grid for next weekend in a black livery associated with a few lines on the bodywork and a spoiler in Petronas Green as well as a myriad of Mercedes-Benz Gray Alu stars on the bonnet.
Finally, a few small notes of Rouge Bordeaux INEOS complete the decoration of the new F1 from the German manufacturer.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will wear black coveralls for the 2020 season and the two drivers will modify the paintwork of their helmets to be in line with the approach of the F1 team.
But why go from aluminum gray to black for this 2020 season?
With this black livery for the 2020 season, Mercedes-AMG intends to send a visible and visible message against racism and discrimination.
By making this choice, the F1 team is more or less part of the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM or black lives matter) but also more broadly in the fight against all forms of everyday discrimination.
This choice of communication should also be linked to the program #WeRaceAsOne set up by F1.
The bosses speak
In doing so, Mercedes-Benz follows the statements made by its champion Lewis Hamilton a few days ago.
Mercedes-Benz is committed to the highest level since Markus Schaefer, member of the executive committee of Daimler AG, head of group research and non-executive chairman of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is present in this fight against racism.
Mr. Schaefer to say:
"In recent weeks, events around the world have reinforced the importance of continuing to fight against racism and all forms of discrimination.
At Mercedes-Benz, we know that the strength of our organization lies in the diversity of our employees, and we are proud to be able to use one of our most important global platforms, F1, to signal our commitment to a fundamental principle. of our modern society and our business. "
Toto Wolff, the boss of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is also in the game and adds his comments on the subject:
Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, in our sport or in our stable: this is something that we firmly believe in at Mercedes.
However, having the right beliefs and the right frame of mind is not enough if we remain silent.
We want to use our voice and our global platform to help defend respect and equality, and that's why the Silver Arrow will run in black throughout the 2020 season to show our commitment to more great diversity within our team but also in our motorsport.
We will not shrink from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress we still have to make. Our new black livery is our public commitment to take positive action.
We intend to find and attract the best talent in the widest possible range of courses, and create credible access structures so that they reach the highest level in our sport, in order to build a team. stronger and more diverse in the future. "
What about pilots?
Lewis Hamilton recently announced the creation of the Hamilton Commission which is a research partnership with the RAE (Royal Academy of Engineering) which will seek to explore how motorsport can serve as a springboard for young people from black backgrounds who are involved or students in so-called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) training in order to offer them opportunities in our sports teams or in other engineering sectors related to the automobile.
Six-time F1 world champion said:
"It is so important that we capture this moment and use it to let you know if you are a person, a brand or a business that the time has come to make real meaningful changes to ensure equality and the integration or assimilation of all.
I have personally experienced racism in my life and have seen my family and friends experience racism. This is why from the bottom of my heart I appeal for change.
When I told Toto about my hopes and what we could achieve on the team, I said it was important that we all stay together.
I would like to extend a big thank you to Toto Wolff and the leaders of Mercedes for taking the time to listen, to speak and to really understand my experiences but also my passion and for allowing this important declaration which says that we are ready to change and improve as a business.
We want to build a heritage and a future that goes beyond sport. "
The troublemaker Valtteri Bottas has also been involved, alongside Hamilton, in this case of discrimination, racism not to say segregation in certain disciplines of motorsport. He specifies :
“Formula 1 is a world that is defined by performance, but it still contains many obstacles for people from backgrounds who are not traditionally part of motor sport to access it.
We know our teams are stronger when they are more representative of the society we are part of, and it is important for us to be united and show our commitment to change.
Racism and discrimination have no place in our sport or in our society and I am proud to support the team, Lewis and Mercedes-Benz in making this important statement. "
You have the elements that explain the change in livery of the Mercedes-AMG F1 for this somewhat special F1 season.
We are now heading towards the Spielberg Circuit and the Red Bull Ring for the opening of the 2020 season next weekend.
Via Mercedes-AMG F1.