WILLIAMS says they are waiting to hear back from the Royal Academy of Engineering before signing Lewis Hamilton’s diversity inclusion charter.
Williams are the only team yet to sign up to Lewis Hamilton’s diversity charterCredit: Reuters
He declined to name the team who had not signed up, which we can now reveal to be Williams.
When contacted by SunSport, the Grove-based team say they are still waiting for information before signing it.
A statement said: “We last had conversations with the Royal Academy of Engineering back in March and we are awaiting further information from them on such an important topic, of which we at Williams Racing already have serious active programmes.
“We have no knowledge of the progress and of who has and has not signed up to date, as it has been several months since we had any communication from them.
“Once we are in possession of further information and a copy of the final charter, we can look into it.”
Hamilton has called on F1 to “do more” fans were subjected to racist, sexist and homophobic abuse at the Austrian Grand Prix earlier this month.
The charter also comes just weeks after footage emerged of former F1 champion Nelson Piquet using racist, derogatory words to describe Hamilton.
In response the seven-time world champion called for greater diversity within F1 and to stop platforming individuals with “archaic” mindsets.
Hamilton said: “I am incredibly grateful to all those who have been supportive within the sport, particularly the drivers.
“It has been two years since we took the knee in Austria. Of course we are still faced with the challenges.
“I have been on the receiving end on racism and that negative and archaic narratives and undertones of discrimination.
“I am not sure why we are continuing to give these older people a platform.
“They are speaking on the sport but we are looking to go in a different direction. It’s the bigger picture.
“It is now a knee-jerk reaction from companies all around the world.
“They probably all already have a script ready for that crisis management. It is not enough. It’s now about action.
“We need more than ever to be bringing people together. It is not helpful the comments we are seeing from these people.
“People who are not relevant in the sport for years are trying to bring me down but I am still here.”
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.