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Formula One set up diversity task force to combat racism and covid-19

Formula One has launched a diversity and equality task force as part of a ‘#WeRaceAsOne’ initiative to fight against racism and help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport said on Monday.

The sport is now acknowledging more diversity strategy to help promote equality and end discrimination of all forms in motorsport.

One visible element will be an F1 rainbow, in the colours of all 10 teams and topped in the distinctive Ferrari red, that will appear on cars and race suits from next month’s season-opener in Austria.

‘Our first race in Austria at the start of July is a big moment for our sport after nearly four months of no racing,’ said Formula One chairman Chase Carey in a statement.

‘It is also a time to recognise the issues that are bigger than any one sport or country.

‘Formula One will stand united to say loud and clear that racism must end. We will show our full support in fighting inequality throughout the weekend and accelerate our own efforts to make Formula One more diverse and inclusive.’

Austria’s Red Bull Ring is hosting two races on July 5 and 12 after the long break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to formula one, task force would listen to a range of people, including drivers, to identify what needed to be done to improve diversity and opportunity.

The sport has committed to creating a task force which will ‘listen to people from across the paddock, including the drivers, as well as externals and make conclusions on the actions required to improve the diversity and opportunity in Formula 1 at all levels’.

Throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a rainbow has become the visual representation of thanks for key workers, something Formula 1 has adapted using the colours of the ten teams.

This branding will also feature around the circuit as well as on charitable branded products from F1 and the teams.

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