Formula 1 organizers want the sport to become more diverse and inclusive in the future. To achieve this, more places will be made available in training programs and schools for young people from underrepresented groups, and the extra money will also be made available.
It is one of the measures that Formula 1 launched on Wednesday in response to a report written by a committee that created world champion, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton wants to help increase the number of black people in the main car racing series.
“We want to be as diverse as our supporters, our fans. That is why we are taking immediate action to ensure that talented people from underrepresented groups have the best opportunities to start and build a fantastic career in this great sport,” said Formula 1 director Stefano Domenicali.
Ten students from underrepresented groups (such as women, ethnic minorities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds) will receive a place in the training, which is paid by Formula 1.
In addition, six trainees from underrepresented groups will also be offered roles such as mechanics in Formula 1, both for short and long periods of time.