Mission 44 And Formula 1 Launch Collaboration To Drive Forward Diversity In Motorsport

2023 Dutch Grand Prix, Sunday - Lewis Hamilton
2023 Dutch Grand Prix, Sunday - Lewis Hamilton

Mission 44, the charity founded by seven-time FIA Formula 1 World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, is now officially supported by Formula 1. This partnership aims to build on years of successful collaboration and continue to promote diversity and inclusion in motorsport.

About Mission 44

Founded in 2021 by Lewis Hamilton, Mission 44 focuses on creating meaningful change for young people facing social injustice through education, empowerment, and employment opportunities. The charity has been advocating for greater representation in motorsport and working closely with Formula 1 to address diversity challenges in the sport.

Formula 1’s Involvement

Formula 1 has supported Mission 44 in providing unique experiences for students from underrepresented groups, inspiring them to consider careers in STEM and motorsport. In the past year, outreach programs in Austin, Silverstone, and São Paulo have positively impacted over 150 young people.

As a supported charity, Formula 1 will help raise awareness of Mission 44’s work and connect the charity with various organizations across motorsport to identify apprenticeships and similar opportunities for young people from underrepresented backgrounds.

Upcoming Event

At the upcoming FORMULA 1 QATAR AIRWAYS BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2024, F1 and Mission 44 will host a networking event for scholars from the Formula 1 Engineering and Mission 44 MSc Motorsport Engineering scholarship programs. This event aims to foster knowledge sharing and professional development for students, offering them crucial financial and career support to increase opportunities in motorsport.

Statements

Ellen Jones, Head of ESG at Formula 1, said: “Over the last few years, it has been a pleasure to support Mission 44 in its efforts to make our sport more diverse and give students and young people their first taste of the world of F1 and motorsport. We look forward to working with Mission 44 in this new capacity and seeing how many doors we can open together to inspire the next generation.”

Jason Arthur, CEO of Mission 44, commented: “When Lewis Hamilton launched Mission 44 three years ago, it was with the ambition to create a fairer, more inclusive future for young people around the world. Together with Formula 1, we will be able to increase awareness and access to motorsport career opportunities, so young people, no matter their background, can succeed. Change requires collective action, and we’re excited to grow our partnership with Formula 1 to drive diversity in motorsport forward.”

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