Mercedes, together with Lewis Hamilton, have announced the launch of a joint initiative called 'Ignite'. This is aimed at supporting the mission of greater diversity and inclusion within motorsport.
Coming off the back of recent findings and recommendations from The Hamilton Commission, Lewis' own initiative, Ignite will focus on helping more diverse talent enter the motorsport industry through STEM education.
"Mercedes have long supported my ambition to improve diversity and inclusion within the motorsport industry," said Hamilton at Ignite's launch.
"I am so thrilled that, through Ignite, we are able to formally work together to achieve this. Diverse workforces are not only more successful but are also the morally correct approach for any industry.
"The findings of The Hamilton Commission have provided us a fantastic base to begin our work, and I am confident that Ignite will result in real, tangible change within motorsport. For 15 years, I have remained one of the few Black employees within Formula 1, and I am proud that my work with Mercedes is going to change that for the better."
Focusing on the UK, Ignite will work on developing new STEM curriculum materials, developing more diverse educators to role model and inspire students from under-represented groups in STEM and providing financial support to talented and motivated students wishing to pursue careers in STEM and motorsport but who don't have the means.
Ignite will initially be funded by a multi-million-dollar fund created by Lewis and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, and will work closely with Lewis's personal foundation, Mission 44, to deliver tangible results for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and the wider UK motorsport industry.
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