We know that delivering measurable change is a long-term commitment, and one that begins during the education of the talented young people who will become our team-mates of the future.
So, we have started to develop targeted education initiatives to encourage and support students from under-represented backgrounds who aspire to reach F1.
This includes the Mulberry STEM Academy, which was announced last month in a partnership between the team and the Mulberry Schools Trust. It’s a five-year programme to give young people at the Trust and beyond access to inspirational role models, imaginative teaching and extra-curricular experiences to help develop their passion for STEM subjects and encourage them to continue these subjects in higher education.
We are also delighted to announce a forthcoming partnership with the award-winning UK social enterprise, Stemettes - who work to inspire the next generation of girls, young women and nonbinary young people into STEM fields through programmes, events and content platforms.
Collaboration is key to ensuring the changes that we are striving to make at the Mercedes F1 Team can be reflected across our sport and we are very proud to be working closely with Formula One’s key stakeholders to improve accessibility.
Both the FIA through its #PurposeDriven campaign, and Formula One through their #WeRaceAsOne activities trackside, have launched campaigns this season to widen the appeal and accessibility of Formula One.
This year, The Hamilton Commission was set up by our seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, alongside The Royal Academy of Engineering, with the aim to identify the key barriers to recruitment and progression of Black people in UK motorsport and provide actional recommendations to overcome them.
The Commission will be a key source of inspiration, knowledge and support for the team. Both Dr Nike Folayan MBE, Chair of the AFBE-UK, and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Co-founder of the Stemettes are two of the newly appointed Commissioners on the Board of The Hamilton Commission.