Does Mercedes’ black F1 paint job really help combat racism?

The new Formula 1 season finally gets underway this season in Austria, and if you’re paying attention to the cars in front, you’ll have noticed that Mercedes’ “silver arrows” have been repainted an extremely stylish black. Here’s what team boss Toto Wolff has to say:

Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief of Mercedes. But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent.

We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport.

I hate to be negative about any attempt to highlight and combat racism, but other than making the cars look super awesome, what does this do to fight racism exactly? Aren’t there countless organisations that could have done some real good with the (very likely) millions it cost Mercedes to redesign and repaint their cars livery?

Couldn’t this money have been funnelled into young driver programs to give children who don’t come from rich families the chance to succeed at the highest léveles of a notoriously financially elitist sport? I mean…the cars look great! I just wonder if it’s still more important to be good than to look good.