Sebastian Vettel explains his involvement in social debates
Sebastian Vettel admits he has changed over the past 10 years and feels ‘responsible’ behind his campaigns for human rights and climate change awareness… while crediting his children for making him realize ‘there is so much more’ outside of F1
- Sebastian Vettel has started speaking out on social issues in recent years
- He feels that he has matured over the years and is now happy to talk about these issues
- Vettel says having children has helped him explore other interests beyond F1
Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he considers it his ‘responsibility’ to speak out on important social issues.
The Aston Martin driver established himself as one of the best Formula 1 stars in the sport’s history when he won four consecutive world titles between 2010 and 2013, but he has now turned to subjects off the track.
Last year, he donned a rainbow shirt at the Hungarian Grand Prix to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community, and recently donned a helmet for the Montreal Grand Prix that culminated in Canada’s tar sands extraction. He has now explained why he has decided to take a position on these issues.
Sebastian Vettel wore a rainbow shirt for the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix
He also wore a helmet urging Canada to stop mining tar sands during the 2022 Montreal Grand Prix
“These things need to be said because they are part of where we are now,” he said The Telegraph†
‘It feels like a responsibility. I don’t tell people to buy a certain drink or a certain shirt because it makes me richer. I’m not interested in that. Human rights and the climate crisis are bigger than anything else.’
Vettel has admitted that getting involved in these matters has been a gradual process, and has credited his children for helping them understand that there is more to life than driving at over 200 miles per hour.
“It’s not overnight. I agree, it’s very different from what I sounded like 10 years ago. But look at the age on my passport.
‘There is a time and an age for everything. I am very happy to have discovered these other topics as they have grown my world. It feels very natural to talk about it now.’
Vettel has admitted he has matured and changed over the past 10 years
‘It will change you’ [having children], but I believe for good. My children have helped me to understand that there is so much more, how to experience love in another dimension. The most important thing is to take care of them and make them a better version of yourself.
“I am in a very privileged position. My job never felt like work – that’s not normal. So I want to use my life experience to make my kids happy in their lives,” Vettel added.
Vettel’s attitude is not popular everywhere and he has been criticized for his views.
The 34-year-old has claimed he is willing to learn more about topics close to his heart, but has no intention of being silenced by those who disagree with his views.
Vettel has insisted he will continue to speak out on matters that are important to him
He continued: ‘I am very happy to learn more and to be criticized when I do something wrong, because that can mean I do it right next time. But I’m not concerned about criticism that comes in anonymously through comments on the internet.
‘Who are these people? If people have the balls to talk to me directly, fine, then I listen to them. But in some chat group online?
‘I am not a researcher, I do not have the knowledge that scientists have. But if you read a little, you can connect the dots and see that we’re in trouble. It’s about being curious.’