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F1 continues #WeRaceAsOne initiative

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10/02/2021

Formula 1 has confirmed that the #WeRaceAsOne initiative will become the official Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) platform for the sport long into the future and will continue to be used across the sport.

Today's press release reads:

The initiative was created in June last year ahead of our return to racing following the break in the Championship due to COVID-19. On our return to racing we wanted to show our determination to tackle the major issues that we as a sport, but also society, are facing. Those issues are important to the longer-term future of our sport, but equally have a major impact on the communities we race in and countries around the world.

On our return to racing in 2020 we wanted to recognise the two major issues dominating society's consciousness during that time, COVID-19, and inequality. Throughout the season we paid tribute to people around the world for the incredible strength and fortitude shown against the global pandemic. The rainbow was chosen by Formula 1 to sit alongside #WeRaceAsOne as it became a symbol used internationally to bring communities together. Equally we used our restart to show that we as a sporting community stand united against racism and are doing more to address inequality and diversity in Formula 1. This was highlighted at every race with the twenty drivers uniting in their support of ending racism before the start of the race. We plan to include a moment before the start of each race this season to show our united support for important issues and will be discussing this with the drivers and the teams ahead of the start of the season.

This season the rainbow will no longer feature alongside the #WeRaceAsOne platform. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still an ongoing battle, we are focussing the platform on the three core pillars of our ESG strategy. Those pillars are sustainability, diversity & inclusion, and community. These areas are a priority for the sport where progress has already been made but with more commitments to be delivered in coming months and years.

In 2019, Formula 1 set out its ambitious sustainability, diversity, and inclusion strategy to improve the long-term future of our sport. This included our commitment to be net zero carbon as a sport by 2030 and create a more inclusive and diverse culture across Formula 1, attracting more diverse talent across technical, commercial, corporate, and on-air roles. Additionally, the plan, in partnership with the FIA, looks at promoting a diverse driver talent pipeline by identifying and systematically eliminating barriers to entry from grass roots karting to Formula 1. As set out in our #WeRaceAsOne announcement last year, recent events have reinforced the importance of those issues and the need for us to accelerate and take further action to make our sport better, improve opportunity and have a positive impact on the world we live in.

Since 2019 we have put in place the necessary actions, reviews, and structures to ensure we deliver on our 2030 and other commitments. While work has been constant and important plans delivered, we know we need to continue to deliver on this plan and show our fans, partners, and society that Formula 1 is committed to playing its part.

This year, Formula 1, the FIA, and the Teams will most notably focus on:

Creating a clear path towards sustainably fuelled hybrid engines, something that will be of significant importance to not only the sport but the automotive sector.

Reducing the amount of single-use plastic bottles and cutlery and food waste in the pit and paddock.

Rolling out internships and apprenticeships within Formula 1 for under-represented groups to provide access to a promising career in the sport.

Funding scholarships for talented engineering students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds with work experience opportunities at F1 and the Teams during their studies.

Growing F1 in Schools - already the world's leading school-age STEM education challenge.

Working with our promoters around the world to establish and deliver programmes that leave a positive and lasting community impact.

Helping to grow awareness and support for the W Series and the talented young female drivers coming through the ranks.

Moving towards new freight methods through adapting containers for use on modern aircraft and other modes of transport.

Continuing to develop our remote operations capabilities where action to date has already eliminated c.70 tonnes of freight being taken to each race.

We have united as a sport in our firm commitment to make lasting change and Formula 1 together with the FIA, the teams and our partners will continue to push ahead with our plans.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO, Formula 1, said:

"Our WeRaceAsOne platform was very effective at raising the awareness of socially important issues and our steadfast commitment to make a positive change. We are very proud of it and the teams have embraced it fully. While our commitment through words to tackling issues like sustainability and diversity in our sport are important, it is our actions that we will be judged on. We have already made good progress on our sustainability plans and you will see strong actions being executed this year across all three of our WRAO pillars. We know we must continue to move forward on these issues and the whole sport is united in doing this in the months and years ahead."

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1. Posted by Editor, 13/02/2021 12:03

"Comments on this article are now closed"

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2. Posted by Superbird70, 13/02/2021 3:20

"The platform (F1) has become progressive, done deal. If you don't like it vote with your wallet and don' t watch. Otherwise keep quiet and enjoy what racing we get this year."

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3. Posted by kenji, 13/02/2021 0:59

"@ SexyLadyRacer....Attempting to shut down any alternate opinions as a symbol of being progressive is quite abhorrent. There has been no intelligent debate on the issue or any in depth analysis of F1 followers. Cancel culture is regressive. F1 is about motor racing and not a platform for minorities to push their political agendas with no 'opt out' facilities for those with dissenting opinions."

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4. Posted by SexyLadyRacer, 12/02/2021 6:22

"@BruceBoy
Thankfully F1 and the Teams are run by intelligent and sensible people who sees the bigger picture and issues in the world and wish to be progressive! The views of the dwindling few dissenters are irrelevant as always! "

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5. Posted by kenji, 11/02/2021 23:11

"@ BruceBoy...why must I, as a paying customer supporting F1, be inundated with political slogans and visuals that have zip to do with F1 racing? These activities are simply ideological stunts. Do you seriously think that this kneeling etc etc will have the slightest effect? No, it just alienates people the same as this rainbow nonsense. Thankfully that's been discarded. There are many ways that coloured people can be encouraged to do enter motorsport related careers rather than force those opinions where they are a waste of time. The premise that there should be more coloured people in F1 never mentions the fact that Pascal Werhlein, Alex Albon and Hamilton are all 'mixed race' so that works out, excluding Wehrlein, 10% of the grid. There have been numerous Asian drivers from both India and Japan as well. I cannot imagine all the Tour de France riders taking a knee before the start as neither can i envision all jockeys prior to races taking a knee also. These are simply my opinions."

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6. Posted by BruceBoy, 11/02/2021 19:15

"Cue the negative grumbling from white people who this initiative generally has no effect on and are the last people to ever be effected by the issues that this initiative is trying to address.

It doesn’t affect you, it isn’t political, its about giving people of colour chances in what is a predominantly white aport. Most of the thing this initiative does is behind the scenes, amd you will never see, so dont worry your world wont be affected by it.

Why can’t people just be happy that other people are trying to something good in the world? It always puzzles me. "

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7. Posted by flyinglap, 11/02/2021 18:36

"No need to get much excited, it is quite simple really: the Sport has been highjacked by globalist interests precisely because of its global reach. We are still at an early stage of transformation and we have yet more to see. First, they started by eliminating the grid-girls and substituting them with children, then we had the "rainbows", and so on and so forth. Nevertheless, the fan-base of motorsport in general and Formula 1 in particular is notoriously not made up of leftist radicals or naive people easily amenable to those ideals. Not to mention that "competition" is by definition contrary to "socialism" or "communism", although they do try their best to artificially "level the field" etc. Therefore, all these "initiatives" will ultimately fail, hopefully before alienating the traditional fan-base for good. Then I want to see who else would be paying for this "spectacle"."

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8. Posted by Malemoi, 11/02/2021 15:07

"I'm tired of this cobblers. Mexican lives matter, Thai lives matter - all lives matter. Lewis should be leading light. His Mum is white so he is neither black nor white."

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9. Posted by Lapps, 11/02/2021 10:40

"I am really having difficulty coming to terms with this. F1 is, after all, being run as a commercial business. Whether I visit a Race or watch on Sky I am paying for the privilege; and I’m there for the racing! So where do the Promotors get a mandate to inflict their political views on me?
If I undertake other commercial transactions (buy a fridge, buy a car) I don’t have to sit through a presentation of the vendor’s political views. So why in F1? Politics and Sport do not belong together. The example of Nazi Germany and the Olympic Games in the 1930’s comes to mind."

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10. Posted by kenji, 11/02/2021 7:19

"It will be interesting to see just how far this will be taken. For example, at the next Chinese GP will F1 allow T Shirts to be worn on the grid stating that Uighur Lives Matter ? The principal is the same as BLM, as Uighurs are considered racially distinct from ethnic Han Chinese. This is reinforced by advanced 'phenotyping' and critical facial recognition identification massively used by the Chinese. To continue to support F1 racing in these countries without sanction is hypocritical. I raise this purely as an exercise in equality and diversity...of opinion, amongst other issues."

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11. Posted by SexyLadyRacer, 11/02/2021 5:03

"Well done Formula 1, and to progressive people like Chase Carey and now Stefano Domenicali for recognising that the world is changing and had indeed changed, including motor racing!

This is why these people are in these top job and earning the big money!
The majority of the team owners, team principals, drivers, crew and people up and down the paddocks and tracks recognises and supports the need to be more responsible and responsive to a fast changing world! The dinosaurs and other species will inevitably become extinct if they cannot accept and adapt to change! "

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12. Posted by kenji, 11/02/2021 0:48

"Extremely disappointed that F1 has decided to continue with this charade and not maintain a 'political' distance. At least the rainbow has been deleted...some small compensation I guess."

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13. Posted by Superbird70, 10/02/2021 21:32

"Don't worry too much about this. Back when F1 and the FIA actually had a backbone they abandoned the South African Grand Prix until apartheid ended. Nothing like that will happen today. Too much money involved. This will only upset the fringe."

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14. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 10/02/2021 18:14

"No wonder Coke extended their deal with McLaren:
https://www.coca-colacompany.com/shared-future/diversity-and-inclusion

How about... we just go racing?"

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