‘You have to be twice as good’ – being black in motorsport

Ruben Stanislaus and Lewis Appiagyei are both young, black British drivers with ambitions of reaching Formula 1. “Back then, seeing another driver of colour was very rare,” he says. Hamilton, 37, is the first and only black driver to ever race in Formula 1. Researchexternal-link by the commission in July 2021 suggested that the proportion of black people in Formula 1 is less than 1%. “You can have all the talent in the world, but if you haven’t got any money, you’re not going to make it,” says Appiagyei. In order to race professionally, both young men have to obtain a professional race driver’s licence. In order to get a spot in a professional race at Donington Park, they must raise £20,000.

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