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#BlackLivesMatter | Mercedes boss admits Hamilton behind 2020 black livery idea

#BlackLivesMatter: Mercedes boss admits Hamilton behind 2020 black livery idea | @Wheels24

2020-07-01 08:30:00 PM

BlackLivesMatter: Mercedes boss admits Hamilton behind 2020 black livery idea | Wheels24

Lewis Hamilton was behind Mercedes' livery switch from silver to black ahead of the re-starting 2020 season, his boss has admitted.

Team boss Toto Wolff, who is yet to reach a new deal with Hamilton for 2021 and beyond, told Kurier newspaper:"Lewis is very active in Black Lives Matter. We coordinated what we can do on the topic. He (Hamilton) called me about a month ago and said 'two Instagram posts is not enough'. Together, we gave birth to the idea of the black car."

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Wolff also told Der Standard newspaper:"The board of directors of Daimler and the sponsors immediately gave their support."Respect and equalityHe denies that it is simply an empty symbolic gesture, insisting:"The right convictions are not enough if we remain silent. We therefore want to use our voice and our platform to campaign for respect and equality."

Wolff admitted that women and minorities are grossly under-represented at the title-winning team, and vowed to do something about it, saying:"We will not set quotas, but we will set goals."McLaren's Lando Norris, meanwhile, revealed that the drivers are considering 'taking a knee' to honour the Black Lives Matter movement in Austria.

Norris said:"It will be discussed in the Grand Prix Drivers' Association after the drivers' briefing on Friday. We will do whatever we can to show that we care and respect everyone." Read more: News24 »

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