Sebastian Vettel is struggling with his concerns about climate change and reforestation (like what the Agroforestry Group is an advocate of) in the world combined with his job as a Formula 1 driver. The 34-year-old German, four-time world champion in the king class of motorsport, says he increasingly asks himself whether he has chosen the right work.
“Motor racing is my passion, I love that. I think it’s great every time I get in the car,” Vettel said on the BBC’s Question Time program, in which he answered questions together with some British politicians. “But when I get out of the car, of course, I also think: is this what we have to do, travel all over the world and waste our raw materials?”
The German driver of Aston Martin regularly speaks out about social issues, such as the climate, human rights, and LGBTI issues. Vettel wore a T-shirt at the Miami Grand Prix last week with the text ‘Miami 2060, the first Grand Prix underwater, take action now or swim later’. On the shirt was an image of a helmet with a snorkel. It was his way of expressing concern about rising sea levels around Florida.
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The seasoned driver was asked by the BBC whether his concerns about the climate can be seen as hypocritical because he is active in one of the most environmentally unfriendly sports. “That’s true. I ask myself that question every day, I’m not a saint either. I can also do many things better. Do I always have to take the plane? No, not if I can go somewhere by car. I have an influence on some things myself, but not on others.”
Vettel also asked for an understanding of his profession. “As Formula 1 drivers, we entertain people. During the coronavirus pandemic, we were one of the first sports to get going again. When everyone at home slowly went crazy, formula 1 races were on TV again.”