Racing Pride

Racing Pride Announces Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Partnership

Racing Pride is excited to announce Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd as an industry partner.

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd (MGP) is the company which runs the works team of Mercedes-AMG F1 that competes in the FIA Formula One™ World Championship. Based at Brackley in the United Kingdom, MGP brings together over 1,200 dedicated and determined people that design, develop, manufacture and race the cars driven by seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Grand Prix winner, George Russell.

MGP also operates Applied Science, a business division which provides bespoke engineering services combining world-class talent and a high-performance culture with cutting-edge technical capability.

Between returning as a Constructor in 2010 and the end of the 2023 season, the Mercedes-AMG F1 works team has scored 116 wins, 272 podium finishes, 129 pole positions, 96 fastest laps and 54 one-two finishes from 281 race starts.

Racing Pride’s ambassadors first visited the Brackley campus to deliver a workshop to MGP team members in June 2023 as part of the company’s Pride month activities. Since then, Racing Pride has been continuing the dialogue around LGBTQ+ allyship alongside MGP’s internal LGBTQ+ committee.

Looking ahead into 2024, Racing Pride will assist and advise in the development of policy and procedures as well as deliver a number of workshops, listening sessions, and training sessions aimed at team members of all levels within the company to embed LGBTQ+ inclusion and allyship.

Racing Pride Co-Founder and Director of Partner Relations, Richard Morris, explained: “Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix operates one of the most successful, prestigious, and celebrated teams in the history of Formula One and its cars are driven by two drivers with an enormous platform. Lewis Hamilton’s well-known commitment to LGBTQ+ allyship, combined with Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix’s status within the industry, means that this partnership has the potential to make a real and far-reaching impact for LGBTQ+ inclusion across motorsport and beyond.

Racing Pride is certainly not only concerned with external visibility and awareness, though, and we are committed to ensuring through this partnership that the 1,200 team members working for MGP at Brackley genuinely feel that their working environment is one which is safe and welcoming for LGBTQ+ individuals and encourages all team members to be their true selves in a way which can only enhance the company’s ongoing success on and off track.”

Speaking about the new partnership, Hiran Odedra, Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix said: “We are really excited to be partnering with Racing Pride to support LGBTQ+ allyship through impactful interventions which will enable all our team to bring their whole selves to work. Our LGBTQ+ network and the wider team are looking forward to hosting events with Racing Pride over the coming year that will help us further embed our culture of inclusion.”