Denied entry right into a restaurant on the idea of his pores and skin color just lately, former Grand Prix driver-turned TV professional Karun Chandhok says extra consciousness must be created in opposition to racism by way of Method 1 although it has already taken “spectacular” steps to handle the problem.
Chandhok competed in Method 1 between 2009-2010. He’s now a well-respected commentator and alongside seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, one of many few non-white faces seen within the paddock .
Talking to PTI from the UK after posting about his current expertise at a restaurant on social media in the course of the Monaco GP final week, Chandhok mentioned he wouldn’t dwell on the previous however give attention to contributing to make the game extra various together with having extra Indians on board.
He didn’t reveal wherein nation the incident happened.
“I’m not likely considering speaking in regards to the previous (about that incident) – the secret is to speak in regards to the future. We have to perceive and study why extra folks from non-white haven’t been in a position to become involved within the sport and Method 1 plus Lewis by way of his Hamilton Fee are performing some essential analysis to grasp that.
“Method 1 in the meanwhile has actually taken up the reason for bettering variety inside the sport.
“Traditionally, this can be a sport the place over 90% of the folks concerned have been white and subsequently as one of many few folks from a minority ethnic background, I’m very inspired to see that F1 as a sport and the groups as individuals are taking steps to vary that steadiness,” mentioned Chandhok, one of many two Method 1 drivers from India.
Method 1 has proven extra intent in addressing racism after Hamilton mentioned the game was not doing sufficient for the trigger.
Arguably the best driver of all-time, Hamilton, who’s the one black driver on the grid, has been championing the anti-racism trigger in his sport. He additionally lamented the dearth of help from a few of the fellow drivers on gestures like taking a knee in 2020 following the tragic killing of George Floyd within the US.
“Whereas drivers are after all essentially the most excessive profile and somebody like Lewis has been very vocal in regards to the matter, the fact is that the drivers are a small variety of folks when in comparison with engineers, mechanics, business and advertising and marketing folks, TV pundits and journalists, marshals and officers, and many others that make up the game.
“Personally, after all I might like to see extra Indians given a possibility to work within the sport in any of those roles,” mentioned Chandhok.
Method 1 launched #weraceasone initiative final yr to deal with racism and inequality within the sport.
Chandhok mentioned it would take time for the game to develop into actually various.
“We’ve to be real looking and realise that this can be a long run generational program. We can’t have a knee jerk response and simply have folks given jobs as a token or field ticking train.
“There needs to be a meritocratic course of arrange, notably aimed toward children from a various background to coach them that Method 1 and motor racing is cool and attention-grabbing in order that they really feel impressed to work in it at some point.
“From my private perspective, I’ve been in common contact with Yath Gangakumaran and Ellie Norman at Method 1 who’re main their Variety and Inclusion program and I’ve additionally been invited onto the EDI working group for Motorsport UK, who’re the FIA’s ASN for the UK the place we’re taking a look at packages to draw folks from a extra various background into the game,” he added.