“I’ve been talking about this stuff for some time now,” he said. “I’m talking about diversity, talking about needing to change, for example, the lower ranking of karting because it’s too expensive and also it’s not diverse at all. So there’s a bunch of things that they are doing I think it’s great to finally Formula 1 is reacting.
“In general, that’s what a lot of the big businesses are doing nowadays. They said they were being sustainable by recycling some paper or something like that in their office, but it was wasn’t a priority. But now it is a priority.”
The Mercedes driver said on Thursday he intends to become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2020. The sport’s current owners Liberty Media have revealed to drivers details of a new plan to reduce the sport’s impact on the environment.
“It’s great to hear of the new plans that they have in place,” said Hamilton. “And of course, I’d be supportive of it. A lot of the impact, I won’t be around for that, but I’d love to be a part of it and helping move the sport forwards because when I retire, I’m still going to be watching racing. I’m always going to be a fan of it.”
He doubts the changes would be happening if the sport was still under its previous management.
“I’m glad that Liberty has come in because I’m not quite sure if Bernie was here they would have made any changes,” he said. “They still wouldn’t have social media because he thought it was useless and it’s just not important, all these different things.”
More details of the sport’s efforts to reduce its production of carbon dioxide will be revealed to the public before the end of the year. Lando Norris was among those who saw F1’s presentation ahead of this weekend’s race.
“It was actually quite good in terms of the people who are running it,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “It seems like they have a good idea, they have a good plan.
“They’re saying there’s a big push to try and change everything and anything they’re doing is for a good reason, to try and help the planet and environment and everything. Everything they did had a good reason behind it.
“It seems like it is, from what I saw, achievable over the next few years.”
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