F1 drivers to stand united against racism ahead of Austrian GP

All 20 Formula 1 drivers will come together to show their support for the fight against racism on Sunday, ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

They met on Friday evening, following the usual drivers’ briefing, to discuss their plans for a public stance supporting an end to racism and increasing diversity.

On Saturday, ahead of qualifying, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) released a statement: “The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association has held a number of virtual meetings with all 20 F1 drivers to agree how best to show their collective support for the fight against racism ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix.

“All 20 drivers stand united with their teams against racism and prejudice, at the same time embracing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion and supporting F1’s commitment to these.”

“Together the drivers will all show their public support for this cause on Sunday ahead of the race, recognising and respecting that each individual has the freedom to show their support for ending racism in their own way and will be free to choose how to do this ahead of the race start on Sunday.”

Lewis Hamilton has been vocal in trying to raise awareness of racism and inequality. The Mercedes’ six-time champion has recently launched The Hamilton Commission, aimed at making motorsport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in”.

Meanwhile, Formula 1 has also set up a Task Force and foundation, alongside the #WeRaceAsOne initiative [hyperlink to #WeRaceAsOne article] designed to increase diversity and inclusion in the sport.

There is also extensive ‘End Racism’ signage around the Red Bull Ring this weekend, with teams running #WeRaceAsOne symbols on their liveries to show their support.