“It’s [about] having a sport that is reflective of society and the outside world. Yes, our world is multicultural – lots of different colours and people from different religions – and we don’t see a lot of women here too.
“I hope in years to come you see [that] women have high-up roles, you see people of colour that can also be in high-up roles – [it goes] from mechanics to catering because you don’t see that, even to marshalling.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.
“It goes back to accountability at the forefront of it. And even in [Autosport’s] world – I think of my whole F1 career I’ve seen one black guy that’s been [working as a journalist].
“OK, we’ve got a couple of reporters that are behind the camera, but you know I just hope that in 10 years’ time [it’s different]. That’s my mission, that’s my purpose here. Winning is all good, but it’s kind of the least important.”
When Hamilton announced the Hamilton Commission, he said: “Despite my success in the sport, the institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist.
“It is not enough to point to me, or to a single new black hire, as a meaningful example of progress.