“I don’t perceive it”- Stefano Domenicali claims that there is no racism in Formula 1; instead, he sees the opposite of it in today’s time.
Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali claims that there is no racism involved in Formula 1; instead, he feels that it is quite the opposite as F1 has observed more diversity in its working environment.
The question on F1 regarding racism and inequality emerged after the Black Lives Matter movement. In the seven decades of its history, it has seen only one black race driver- Lewis Hamilton.
“I don’t perceive it. At least, I don’t see it from personal experience; actually, I see just the opposite. Formula 1 started in certain parts of the world like Europe,” explained Domenicali in statements to the Daily Mail newspaper.
“But it has moved into other areas, and multiculturalism is growing; this growth is value.” Domenicali views that the diversity in F1 has grown over the years by citing the example of Ferrari.
“When I joined Ferrari in 1991, the team was 99.9% Italian. Then people came from the UK, France, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and it changed culturally and racially, which offered an incredible chance to meet people. It was different, “he stressed.
We want to guarantee access to all.
With F1 being an expensive sport, it has been accused of becoming a prerogative of the people who have the privilege and deep pockets to make it to the top. Domenicali has promised a scholarship for the people who don’t have the resources but skills to be in F1.
“Kneeling or raising one knee to have different meanings depending on where you are in the world. These gestures are different, and you need to respect everyone’s sensibilities and support the gestures with actions and with a credible context,” he insisted.
” I want to talk about kneeling with the drivers. We don’t want to focus on just one gesture. There is a great pre-race platform, but we don’t want to leverage it politically. We want to underscore the values that are important to the world and Formula 1 “, he concluded.