Reigning Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed the first members of his ‘Hamilton Commission’, set up to increase the number of black people in motor racing.
Hamilton will lead the group of 14 alongside Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Tracey Crouch will also sit on the commission, as well as Professor Alice Gast – President of Imperial College London – and McLaren F1 boss Martin Whitmarsh.
According to Hamilton, the commission has been chosen to ‘represent a wide range of expertise spanning critical areas of influence, including motorsport, engineering, schools, colleges and universities, community/youth groups, as well as major UK political parties.’
In a statement, he said: "In F1, our teams are much bigger than the athletes that front them, but representation is insufficient across every skill set - from the garage to the engineers in the factories and design departments.
"Change isn't coming quickly enough and we need to know why.
"This is why I wanted to set up the commission and I'm proud to be working with the Royal Academy of Engineering and our incredible board of commissioners to identify the barriers facing young black people to take up STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers in motorsport.
"We are dedicated to this cause and, together, we will make a change."
Currently, Hamilton is the only black driver on the Formula 1 roster, and was the first in its history.