Sebastian Vettel’s Dismal Aston Martin Run Blamed on Political Awareness: “When He Was Winning Races, He Didn’t Know What Was Going On In The World and Didn’t Care”

Published 06/27/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Sebastian Vettel should focus more on F1, according to Bernie Ecclestone! But why? The four-time world champion is massively involved in several environmental projects. The driver often finds himself in the middle of controversies, whilst speaking out about these issues. Notably, Vettel has also been called a ‘hypocrite’, given his contrasting personal views and professional life.

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Seb is one of the drivers who does not shy away from speaking their minds on the grid. He, alongside Lewis Hamilton, often speaks out against various social evils in the world. However, while many hail Vettel for using his position to educate people, others also criticize him. Ecclestone definitely chooses to agree with the latter group.

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Shedding light on his views, the business magnate told German broadcaster RTL, “He’s not that focused. Before, when he was winning races, he didn’t know what was going on in the world and didn’t care. Now he cares and he thinks about the future of the world. I think he’s right, but I don’t think he should use his position for that reason.”

He further added, “It’s about all the other things behind him that don’t make it easy to get back to who he was,” he said, referring to Vettel’s dominance with Red Bull and Ferrari. 

And further advised the driver to, “concentrate a million percent on Formula 1 again”.

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Sadly, Aston Martin has also arguably failed to provide Vettel with a competitive car. The driver currently stands at P14 on the table with only 13 points to his name. Understandably, Vettel’s jump to a top-tier performance is extremely difficult with the AMR22. So, is it fair to blame Vettel’s environmental views for his low performances?

Sebastian Vettel created controversy at the Canadian GP

Seb recently found himself at the center of controversy during the Canadian Grand Prix. The driver was called out by Alberta’s Energy Minister, who even labeled him as a ‘hypocrite’. The German wore a shirt and even a helmet to protest against the famed tar sands oil production in the province.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 29, 2022 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

However, Vettel did not wear that helmet to the main race. Many fans wondered as to what could be the reason behind it, with several speculating this was an FIA or Aston Martin directive. Shockingly, Seb also chose not to talk about it. So, what do you think? What can Vettel do in these situations?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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