(Motorsport-Total.com) – After two years with black cars, the Mercedes Formula 1 team is once again wearing silver for the 2022 Formula 1 season. W13 is once again a “silver arrow” classic.
Silver is the main color, and black accents: the Mercedes W13 combines history and future in design
The team turned to black design ahead of the late 2020 season to send a strong anti-racism message in the wake of worldwide activism.
She worked closely with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to promote diversity and inclusion through the Accelerate 25 program. At the same time, a program called “Ignite” was launched in collaboration with Hamilton to encourage underrepresented groups to enter STEM subjects.
The W13, on the other hand, was introduced on Friday for the 2022 Formula 1 season, once again in a classic silver-tone paint, but retains some black accents. At the launch, Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff made it clear that the team’s official colors would be silver and black from now on.
“The color black was a clear testament to our mission to become a more diverse and inclusive team,” he says. “This has become part of our DNA. But silver is also part of our DNA. It’s our story.”
“As a team, we have evolved from the Silver Darts to a more diverse and inclusive team. For that reason, our colors will be silver and black from now on.”
Wolf stresses that team diversity does not make sense to meet quotas. “It’s about hiring the best employees without regard to race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.”
“Our work aims to inspire people who might otherwise think that a career in engineering, technology or motorsport is not for them. This is how we expand the pool of talent. A diverse team that delivers.”
Mercedes announced in February that it was making “promising progress” on its Accelerate 25 programme. The target of 25 per cent of new hires from underrepresented groups in the first year was exceeded by 38 per cent. The number of female employees increased from 12 to 14 percent, and the number of female ethnic minority workers increased from 3 to 6 percent.
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