Sebastian Vettel Clarifies His Actions Toward Saving the Environment Not a Publicity Stunt

Published 10/02/2021, 5:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga


Over the years, Sebastian Vettel has gained a lot of respect from the entire Formula 1 community, thanks to his deeds towards the environment. The German has constantly been voicing out against the ever-growing environmental crisis, and often expressed his words into action, with Silverstone being the prime example.

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Amidst such sound opinions in recent times, one might wonder if Vettel is pulling off such incredible actions to gain publicity. Well, absolutely not! Indeed, Vettel reckoned that environmental interests must always be credible and never used for publicity stunts.

What did Sebastian Vettel say?

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As reported by Autosport, Vettel opened up that his good deeds to the environment are not because he wants people to look at him. Instead, he opined that all of his initiatives make sense and that they actually provide a bit of change to the surroundings.

I’m not doing these things to just have people look at it,” Vettel said.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

The first thing that I always want to ensure is that actually whatever I do, it makes sense. And it actually helps the place where we are and whatever we are doing.

So I should speak about the initiatives for the bees. We’ve created some space or place for them to live and come back to. So that’s always the prime interest,” Vettel added.

It all started in 2020 when Vettel utilized the pandemic to learn about organic farming as an intern to gain insight into agriculture. Soon, he signed up as the ambassador of BioBienenApfel, an initiative that encourages the world to conserve bees.

Priority is to make it credible for me: Vettel

Vettel affirmed that it would be great if people start taking interest in saving the environment, which might, in turn, inspire the ones around them too, possibly causing a chain reaction.

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It’s great if people are taking interest. And it, therefore, inspires others to maybe do similar, to think about it or question their activities and their behaviour, to just see how they could possibly contribute,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit before practice REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

But I think the first priority is always to make it credible for me, that it does make sense. It’s great to say what we should do and talk about it. But, I think you need to do it as well yourself.

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Overall, after gaining immense success on the track, Vettel’s part-focus is now on the environment. From cleaning the stands at Silverstone to building a hotel for bees in Austria, Vettel is indeed bringing about a change to the surroundings. So, will more drivers join the German in this initiative?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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