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Stefano Domenicali: “action” not “gestures” for anti-racism in Formula 1

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Stefano Domenicali has said that F1 will be seeking to promote “action” rather than “gestures” in its focus for anti-racism in 2022.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the F1 President has said that there will no longer be a formal presented opportunity for drivers to make an anti-racism gesture pre-race in 2022. Drivers are still free to make a gesture, like taking the knee.

He stressed that this “has been an important gesture because we need to respect everyone, as always.”

However, he said that “now is the time to take some other action.”

This interview with Sky Sports coincides with the extending of the F1 engineering scholarship program for under-represented groups. This has been extended until 2025 at least.

He said: “Now the action is the focus on the diversity of our community, and this is the first step.”

The scholarship, which provides funding for 10 students a year to cover tuition and living expenses, aims to ensure that talented individuals from under-represented groups are given the opportunity to break into the industry.

F1 has also added opportunities for apprenticeships and internships, alongside this scholarship program and the wider diversity and inclusion programme.

This includes work with external organisations. This includes The Black Collective of Media in Sport, for black professionals in media. Also, The Blair Project, which seeks to inspire the next generation of engineers from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Lewis Hamilton supports this shift in emphasis for action being taken by the sport, Sky Sports understands.

Domenicali says he believes Hamilton will be “fully charged” for this seasons championship battle.

Feature Image credit: Stefano Guindani under Creative Commons

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