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F1 announces scholarship, apprenticeship, and intern placements for underrepresented groups

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14/07/2021

F1 has announced engineering scholarships for ten students from underrepresented groups including ethnic minorities, women, and those from under-privileged backgrounds.

The official press release reads as follows:

Following the launch of Formula 1's #WeRaceAsOne initiative last year we set out our plans to increase diversity and inclusion across Formula 1, in addition to the wider plans we set out in our diversity and inclusion strategy in 2019.

Formula 1 announced last year that as a sport we would focus specifically on creating employment and education opportunities for underrepresented groups with a personal contribution of $1 million from Non- Executive Chairman, Chase Carey to finance primarily, but not exclusively, engineering-focused scholarships for underrepresented students.

Today we are pleased to announce the following commitments across key areas of the business:

Formula 1 Engineering Scholarships for ten students from underrepresented groups including ethnic minorities, women, and those from under-privileged backgrounds. Each scholarship will provide the full cost of a student's tuition, together with a living stipend. The scholars will be part of the September 2021 intake of undergraduate courses in the UK and Masters (Postgraduate) in Italy. All ten Formula 1 teams have committed to provide work experience opportunities to a scholar during their time at university. The participating universities represent different regions within the UK and Italy, and each will run an independent selection process to determine the scholarship recipients. Partner universities:

University of Cambridge - 1 scholar
Coventry University - 1 scholar
Manchester Metropolitan University - 1 scholar
MUNER - The Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (Italy) - 3 scholars
University of Oxford - 2 scholars
Strathclyde University - 2 scholars

Formula 1 Apprentice Programme: Formula 1 will place two long term apprentices from underrepresented groups within our organisation in 2021. The apprenticeships will begin in September and have a focus on mechanical engineering.

Formula 1 Internship Programme: Six interns from underrepresented groups will be offered roles across our organisation in 2021, with a mix of short- and longer-term placements. Two of the placements have already been assigned within the Motorsport and Marketing teams, with the other four being recruited over the coming weeks via multiple D&I partners including: BCOMS, who work with talented sports media enthusiasts looking to develop their career in media; Driven By Diversity, whose mission is to educate individuals and organisations on the value of diversity and inclusion in motorsport; and various other initiatives who train and nurture young people from underrepresented groups or with limited educational or employment opportunities.

We believe that as a truly international sport we can make a difference by using our voice and determination to address these vital issues. Formula 1 is a sport that represents millions of global fans and we want to take steps to ensure we are as diverse and inclusive in our own community as the communities we serve around the world.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1 said: "Formula 1 is a global sport with fans across the world. We want to be as diverse as our fan base and that is why we are taking action to ensure talented people from underrepresented groups have the best opportunities to get into, and build, a fantastic career in this amazing sport. I am delighted to announce that scholars, apprentices and interns will get the chance to fulfil their dreams in Formula 1 and I know they have amazing futures ahead of them. I want to pay particular thanks to Chase whose generous donation is funding the ten scholarships."

"Our #WeRaceAsOne platform is our commitment to make real change and shows our recognition that we know we must make a positive contribution to the world we live in. All of the teams are committed to this and the work of the Hamilton Commission shows the dedication to addressing these issues across Formula 1. Our focus is on Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability and Community and we will continue to drive forward with our plans to be more diverse, more sustainable and leave a lasting positive impact on the countries and communities we visit. 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 kenji, 16/07/2021 12:30

"@ Spindoctor...No, I don't think that I've missed the point at all. What I was alluding to is that the scheme is too narrowly focused, as you have pointed out, on 'black' people and that's totally wrong as that is discriminatory. If at all it should be aimed at all 'non whites' equally if the theme is to be 'inclusive'. Many asians , hispanics and caucasians fit the predetermined parameters for inclusion in this scheme. I fully support anything that helps more young people to become employed in a chosen field but it must not be narrowed down to being in fact a racial exercise based on politics."

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 16/07/2021 11:02

"@kenji - I think you have missed the point.
Hamilton did indeed benefit from Ron's patronage - because Ron Dennis & McLaren recognised his talent & helped him to progress through the system. What these Engineering Scholarships aim to do is similar: they will find able young Black people & provide support so they can realise their potential in F1.

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3. Posted by Mad Matt, 15/07/2021 16:10

"The main reason my kids aren't in motor sport is nothing to do with the colour of their skin or their gender but simply comes down to money... I count myself as fairly well paid and I can't afford it.

It maybe that there's an issue of skill too but we never got much beyond a bit of carting as it just costs so much the minute you get serious.

Where I live the big football teams subsidise the kids football and there's a good structure around development while at the same time letting those who play for fun or who aren't going to go beyond local matches enjoy themselves. Perhaps that's what's missing for motor sport."

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4. Posted by kenji, 15/07/2021 8:21

"@ elsiebc....As one of my all time greats, along with Eric Clapton [ the god of gods ] the late JJ Cale wrote..'easy come, easy go, any way the wind blows'. I like your attitude haha. Question, Has the chap who is single mindedly forcing this issue voiced any regrets about taking up full financial and scholarly remuneration from the age of 11 from his Caucasian patron? Would a 'mea culpa' be in order to refute any claims of hypocrisy....just curious."

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5. Posted by Simon in Adelaide, 15/07/2021 6:01

"Oh I am so not going to contribute here as it would get me banned."

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6. Posted by elsiebc, 15/07/2021 4:12

"@kenji As a formerly white, Christian, cisgendered, heterosexual, male, I find your comment offensive since I now identify as whatever is getting preferential treatment and free stuff.

PS: Don't forget the one person who works closest to Hamilton, that I'm sure he is responsible for her employ. "

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7. Posted by kenji, 14/07/2021 12:13

"What constitutes an 'underrepresented group'? Can 'whites' apply if they come from 'under privileged groups' or are all whites considered to be 'privileged'....these are just a few questions I have regarding this latest intervention of the 'woke' social engineers. The Hamilton report specifically states that its aim is to increase numbers of 'Black People' in motorsport. My question is, shouldn't it be aimed at increasing 'Non Whites' in motorsport to avoid being a racist statement? How does that deal with people like Hamilton who are of mixed blood/race ethnicity? These are genuine inquiries and it would be appreciated to hear opinions on these points."

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