Words by Tony Robertson (@TonyRob84).
Welcome back to Overtime Online’s F1 column Life In The Fast Lane.
With no Virtual Grand Prix this week the more or less guarantee of notable F1 news had vanished but alas there is some news to talk about this week.
This week Lewis Hamilton announced the launch of a new commission and there’s also news on Alex Zanardi after a crash at a handbike event.
Hamilton Commission launched:
Lewis Hamilton has been a leading figure in Formula One for many years now and in that role he has been vocal on a number of issues including how F1 can help combat climate change and more recently the issue of diversity in the sport.
This week he put those words into action by launching the ‘Hamilton Commission’ which has the goal of diversifying motorsport.
“The time for platitudes and token gestures is over. I hope that The Hamilton Commission enables real, tangible and measurable change.
“When I look back in 20 years, I want to see the sport that gave a shy, working-class black kid from Stevenage so much opportunity, become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”
The partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering will seek to encourage young people from black backgrounds to engage in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with the ultimate goal of seeing more employed in F1 teams in the future.
Lewis Hamilton has announced the launch of The Hamilton Commission, a new research partnership aimed at making motorsport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in” 👇— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 21, 2020
Zanardi in “serious but stable condition”:
Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi is said to be in a “serious but stable” condition following neurosurgery to combat severe head and facial injuries he suffered in a collision with a truck at a handbike event.
After his retirement from F1 following a crash he also went on to win multiple Paralympic titles.
Alex Zanardi is in a serious but stable condition following surgeryhttps://t.co/mmULJR2gNt
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 20, 2020
A shorter column than usual this week simply because there isn’t too much news of note this week.
You can check out last weeks column here.