Hamilton says one F1 team is refusing to sign his diversity initiative

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Lewis Hamilton reveals only one Formula 1 team is refusing to support his diversity inclusion charter, but he’s happy other are willing to “do the work”.

Ahead of the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked what can be done to prevent fan abuse at Formula 1 race tracks, considering how bad the things got at the Austrian Grand Prix.

“I am doing the most I can, I don’t know what else I can do,” the Briton said.

“I do think it is all our responsibility to do something. Not only us, the sport, those that are coming to write and report about it, words are powerful to make sure we are progressing and moving in the right direction.

“Formula One needs to do more, all the teams need to do more. We are very close to getting this diversity inclusion charter going.

“We are still one team, the same team, not wanting to engage. But I am glad to see the other teams are willing to step forwards and do the work.”

Asked to reveal which team is refusing to engage, Lewis said it would “not be appropriate”.

“We have gone back and forth with them and for some reason, they don’t want to,” he explained.

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Lewis then reiterated that F1’s ‘We Race As One’ initiative must not be just “lip service”.

“Firstly, I don’t think we should be just saying this is Formula One’s problem, it is all of us. Voices that have undertones of discrimination, we should not be amplifying those voices. That is just a pointless exercise.

“I think Formula One, 100 per cent, should continue to do more. In previous years, we had the whole ‘We Race as One’ thing, but that was just lip service. I know Formula One and Stefano [Domenicali, F1 CEO] are focused on doing more.

“Every team, every company, can do more on accountability. There must be a thousand partners in the F1 organisation, hundreds maybe, and it is about accountability with all those, what are they doing in their space?

“I think football has done some positive things in terms of the announcements they have made before [games] and we just need to continue to take stand.

“The more we project the direction we want to go, hopefully slowly people will navigate on that route.” Hamilton concluded.

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