“Happy Not to See My Picture” – Sebastian Vettel Stands By His Decision to Avoid Social Media

Published 04/26/2021, 9:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


It is fairly well-known that Sebastian Vettel is not fond of social media. In fact, he does not even have an account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For a long time, he and Kimi Raikkonen were the only ones to avoid the social media spotlight. Then, a couple of years ago, the Finn decided that he had nothing to lose and joined Instagram.

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He said, “I know that I’m a bit of an odd one with this because people have brought out a lot of things, people on social media spend time there and I can see the fascination and the interest of that.

“But I don’t know why I’ve never chosen to start, so I also don’t miss it. I haven’t grown a habit or need to follow myself in particular. But I’m quite happy not to see my picture!” 

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

According to Vettel, people think that they know famous personalities when they see them on television. Meanwhile, the Aston Martin driver declared that social media was mostly a form of entertainment.

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The German driver insisted that does not see the need to communicate on social media on a constant basis. However, in spite of his disdain for the communication medium, Vettel refused to judge or criticize anyone who uses social media.

Instead, the four-time world champion acknowledged how technology has changed F1. According to Sebastian Vettel, computers aid in building cars and provid teams with plenty of data in order to stay competitive.

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Even the Aston Martin team declared that they will not force Vettel to enter the social media circus. The driver himself also warned that there could be an increased risk of addiction to the medium. Of course, the fans would love to interact with Vettel, but they will have to do it through Aston Martin’s social media.

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