With the introduction of a male and female driver line-up for each team, the Extreme E Series has already done much to encourage diversity in racing, but influenced by the findings of the eponymous Hamilton Commission, they are taking steps to add more variety to the series in an initiative called Racing for All.
“We know from the findings of the Hamilton Commission that our industry is a difficult place to break into, particularly for those from underrepresented backgrounds, which is why it is so important that the Racing for All program creates genuine opportunities for the next generation. Lewis Hamilton, seven-time Formula 1 champion and Extreme E car owner, said in a statement. “When I first discussed the idea of creating a program with Alejandro [Agag] and the Extreme E team, we all agreed that it had to be something that would lead to real change, and I think Racing for All does just that.
“I’m very excited to see this program adopted across the paddock, and I can’t wait to see what the first group of Racing for All candidates will accomplish.”
In an effort to reduce the footprint of each event, Extreme E teams are currently limited to five mechanics or engineers at each event. Through the Racing for All initiative, an additional crew member will be added for members with less than one year of experience to allow them to gain hands-on experience.
One of the goals of the initiative is to reduce barriers for applicants who might not otherwise have this opportunity, particularly women, ethnic minorities, and people from a lower socioeconomic background. Hamilton comes from a middle-class background and has often expressed her gratitude for the sacrifices made by her father.
“We are delighted to launch the Racing for All initiative,” said Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E. “We fully support the findings of the Hamilton Commission and are working with our teams to provide a clear path forward for brilliant engineers. and mechanics of the future, who may not so easily have the opportunities to succeed. Our goal is for Racing for All to instill an inclusive mindset and broader recruiting pool that enables the next generation of race mechanics and engineers to reach the highest levels of motorsport, regardless of factors such as race, gender or status. social economic, and reduce the barriers that exist for certain communities.”
The Hamilton Report, entitled “Accelerating Change: Improving Black Representation in UK Motoring”, provided 10 recommendations specifically aimed at improving Black representation in UK motoring, but will be expanded to address the initiative. by Extreme E. The three key components are support/empowerment, accountability/measurement, and inspiration/engagement.
“Extreme E’s commitment to environmental and social issues was the main draw for us to join the series and I am excited to see yet another progressive initiative come to fruition, with the goal of removing barriers to motorsport,” said Nico Rosberg. , owner of Rosberg X Racing. “It’s a sport that lives on different experiences, backgrounds, viewpoints and abilities, so we all benefit from having more diverse talent on our team.”