Formula One issued the following statement on Wednesday to announce their updated #WeRaceAsOne initiative that will continue for the 2021 season. As part of the revised initiative the sport have decided to remove the rainbow as part of the new initiative.
In a statement, Formula One said:
Following the launch of #WeRaceAsOne last year supporting the #PurposeDriven Movement launched by the FIA, Formula 1 is confirming that the initiative will become the official Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) platform for Formula 1 long into the future and will continue to be used across the sport. The initiative was created in June last year ahead of our return to racing following the break in the Championship due to COVID-19. On our return to racing we wanted to show our determination to tackle the major issues that we as a sport, but also society, are facing. Those issues are important to the longer-term future of our sport, but equally have a major impact on the communities we race in and countries around the world. On our return to racing in 2020 we wanted to recognise the two major issues dominating society’s consciousness during that time, COVID-19, and inequality. Throughout the season we paid tribute to people around the world for the incredible strength and fortitude shown against the global pandemic. The rainbow was chosen by Formula 1 to sit alongside #WeRaceAsOne as it became a symbol used internationally to bring communities together.
Equally we used our restart to show that we as a sporting community stand united against racism and are doing more to address inequality and diversity in Formula 1. This was highlighted at every race with the twenty drivers uniting in their support of ending racism before the start of the race. We plan to include a moment before the start of each race this season to show our united support for import ant issues and will be discussing this with the drivers and the teams ahead of the start of the season. This season the rainbow will no longer feature alongside the #WeRaceAsOne platform. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still an ongoing battle,
we are focussing the platform on the three core pillars of our ESG strategy. Those pillars are sustainability, diversity & inclusion, and community. These areas are a priority for the sport where progress has already been made but with more commitments to be delivered in coming months and years.
“Our WeRaceAsOne platform was very effective at raising the awareness of socially important issues andour steadfast commitment to make a positive change. We are very proud of it and the teams haveembraced it fully. While our commitment through words to tackling issueslike sustainability and diversity in our sport are important, it is our actions that we will be judged on. We have already made good progress on our sustainability plans and you will see strong actions being executed this year across all three of ourWRAO pillars We know we must continue to move forward on these issues and the whole sport is unitedin doing this in the months and years ahead.”