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Formula One plans more concrete actions to combat racism

I think it was the time to move from just a gesture recognising something that’s really important to a plan: Stefano Domenicali
Formula One launched its “We Race As One” diversity, inclusion and sustainability platform in 2020.
Formula One launched its “We Race As One” diversity, inclusion and sustainability platform in 2020.
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Reuters   |   Published 09.02.22, 01:37 AM

Formula One will no longer set time aside for drivers to take the knee ahead of races as it looks to introduce more concrete actions to combat racism, chief executive Stefano Domenicali told Sky Sports on Tuesday.

Formula One launched its “We Race As One” diversity, inclusion and sustainability platform in 2020, which included a pre-race moment when drivers gathered on the grid to express their support for the initiative with a gesture of their choice.

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“I think it was the time to move from just a gesture recognising something that’s really important to a plan,” Domenicali said.

“I think the gesture has been an important gesture because we need to respect everyone as always. But now is the time to move on and take some other action.”

Some drivers, most notably seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton who is a vocal advocate for human rights, ending racial inequality and environmental causes, chose to take the knee.

Others remained standing while wearing T-shirts bearing messages in support of various causes.



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