Lewis Hamilton has spoken out in favor of a new racing team in Formula 1. However, according to the seven-time world champion, there is a lot more to do when it comes to diversity in leadership positions. “At the moment we only have white team owners. There is really a lack of diversity at the top. Everyone is male and that has to change,” the Mercedes driver insisted.
Britain would be in favor of more diversity in the premier class of motorsport. “We have to ensure that a new team should be diverse. And maybe they need to make way for a female driver. It has to be diverse from the top,” Hamilton said.
There is no one currently entering Formula 1 other than Michael Andretti. His racing team was the only team selected by the FIA to be able to enter Formula 1 from 2025. The main objective is to build two more cars and thus create more space in the premier class. But Hamilton would prefer to look at another team. If American racing teams do indeed join, the current trend in Formula 1 would continue. Because with Andretti (61) at the head of the Formula 1 team there will again be one person.
For Hamilton, the criteria for the new team need to be revised to bring more diversity to Formula 1. The team did not live up to Lewis Hamilton’s expectations. Nevertheless, the Mercedes star will be for the eleventh team in Formula 1. “We have more than 2,000 people in our team. “It’s a huge number of jobs,” Hamilton said.
The FIA recently rejected the Rodin team. The racing team (based in New Zealand, note) wanted to give the cockpit to Jamie Chadwick. She is a three-time W Series champion. According to their own statements, they were “focused on youth culture”. It would have been based in Southeast Asia and would have also established contacts with the interior cities of North America, Asia and Africa. At the time, the application stated: “The team underlines its commitment to providing opportunities to underrepresented population groups in motorsport.”
Nevertheless, Andretti has his only chance to be accepted into Formula 1. However, an agreement has still to be reached with Formula 1 and boss Stefano Domenicali regarding commercial rights.