29 Jul 20

Mercedes-Benz EQ standing against racism and discrimination with all-black livery in Berlin

The marque's Formula E and Formula 1 teams will demonstrate solidarity, in its firm stance against racism and all forms of discrimination, whilst advocating greater diversity - with the livery set to run across all of its racing cars, with the slogan 'End Racism' displayed prominently.

Prior to Mercedes-Benz EQ's arrival in Berlin, the team was a part of the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport family's wish to make a stand against racism and discrimination in all forms.

Its Silver Arrow 01s will sport an all-black base livery for the season finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with the slogan 'End Racism' displayed across the halos of drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries' cars.

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"In Formula E, we intend to use the voice we have on our global platform to make a stand against racism and discrimination while supporting greater diversity and tolerance in society," said Bettina Fetzer, Vice-President Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars.

"We our proud of our long tradition of success in motorsport and the decision to change the distinctive look of our electric Silver Arrows underlines our stance in favour of openness and respect in our dealings with each other.

"The black base livery of our racing cars is a reminder to all of us of the need for ongoing, long-term consolidation of our values and mutual respect."

"We have always spoken out clearly against racism and all forms of discrimination. They do not have a place in our team, sport or society," said Ian James, Team Principal of Mercedes-Benz EQ. 

“We know that we have to invest a lot of time and commitment in order to develop the right strategy. We have started work on it for our outfit and will conduct the way our team acts accordingly.”

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Formula E: #PositivelyCharged

Formula E launched #PositivelyCharged last week, with the championship back in action in Berlin on August 5, and wanting to come back better.

Formula E is accelerating its commitment to unite against discrimination in all forms, nurture inclusivity and diversity whilst generating opportunity and a better future for all through motorsport - with the Positive Futures programme to launch in Season 7.

Read our open letter to you, our community, here.