Lewis Hamilton slams ‘one team not willing to engage’ after racism row

Sir Lewis Hamilton's Mission 44 charity aims to increase diversity in Formula 1.

Sir Lewis Hamilton has revealed that there is only one team on the grid that is not on board with his diversity and inclusion agreement.

Hamilton set up the Hamilton commission in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd in America, and this was followed by the creation of his Mission 44 charity together with his Mercedes team.

As part of his initiative to promote inclusivity in Formula 1, teams are being encouraged to diversify their workforce by including more women, black people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

However, the 37-year-old revealed that there is one team that has shown an unwillingness to participate in the programme.

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“F1 needs to do more, all the teams need to do more,” said Hamilton.

“I think we are very close to getting this diversity inclusion charter going and I think there’s one team, still the same team, is not willing to engage. 

“But I’m grateful to see that the other teams are willing to step forward and do the work.” 

Hamilton did not wish to name the team refusing to participate, but he is pleased to see that the other squads are on board.

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“I don’t think it would be appropriate to name the team,” he explained.

“We’ve gone back and forth with them and for some reason they don’t want to, but all the other nine teams have, which is really encouraging.”

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The seven-time champion insisted that he is doing everything within his power to change the landscape of F1, but he cannot do it alone.

“I’m doing the most I can, I don’t know what else I can do, but I do think it’s all of our responsibility to do something,” he stated.

“Not only us, the sport, those that write and report on what’s happening here, the sport wouldn’t be what it is without you. 

“Your words are powerful and you have a responsibility to the readers to make sure that we’re progressing and moving in the right direction.”

In recent weeks, Nelson Piquet has been banned from the paddock for racially abusing Hamilton in an interview last year, while Juri Vips was dropped from his role as Red Bull test and reserve driver for using a racial slur during a livestream.