FIA presidential candidate: “I want to align with what Lewis is doing”

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FIA presidential candidate Graham Stoker says he wants the FIA to “align with what Lewis is doing” to make motorsport more inclusive and diverse.

Lewis Hamilton has been doing tremendous work over the past several years to improve diversity and inclusivity in Formula 1 and motorsport in general.

This month FIA president Jean Todt is stepping away from his position, and in his campaign to replace Todt, presidential candidate Graham Stoker says he wants to align the organization with Lewis’ projects.

“I want to align [with Hamilton], actually,” Stoker told Sky Sports.

“We are doing work with our friends at FOM [Formula One Management] at the moment on inclusivity.

“I’ve given a pledge in my election campaign to setting up a commission dealing with that. I want to align with what Lewis is doing.

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“He’s absolutely right and the time is right, and I think we need to tackle that head-on. I’ve also always been behind the Women in Motorsport projects, [I] took them on from Susie Wolff.

“So, again, that’s something we are working hard on. We are one of the few sports, along with sailing and eventing in horse riding, where men and women compete together. So inclusivity, diversity, we’ve got to do that.”

Considering Lewis has already set up many initiatives like the Hamilton Commission, Mission 44 and many more, Stoker says the FIA needs to align with them so that the sport can “speak with one voice”.

“No, we need to align. And actually, if we do that, from the public relations point of view and the message, we are so strong.

“And I want to see that dialogue across not only our friends in FOM but the teams, the drivers – we should speak with one voice,” he concluded.

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