Sebastian Vettel accuses F1 of prioritizing money over rights

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 12: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team prepares to drive on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Sebastian Vettel expressed his concerns over Formula 1’s coming venues in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Without a doubt, Vettel has often been an important voice in the sport. Now, Vettel thinks F1 should ask themselves questions about prioritizing money over its moral compass.

Winning four championships, Vettel is one of the most successful F1 drivers of all time. However, recently Vettel’s biggest fight has been off the track. In addition to speaking now about human rights, Vettel has often said of F1’s sustainability issues.

Subsequently, F1 has announced its plans for 100 percent sustainable fuel by 2025. Now, ahead of race events in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Vettel clarifies that he doesn’t support racing in countries where some fundamental human rights are limited.

“I think the trouble is that ultimately a sport, and it’s the same as a country, is governed by individual people. But we have to find the perfect people to sort of govern our sport, and then apply the right path going forward. I think there are certain topics that are too big to neglect.”

“I think we all agree that, and this doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s only fair to treat people equally. There are obviously countries that have different rules in place, different governments, different background. We go to some of those places, and we roll out a huge carpet with nice messages on it. But I think it takes more than just words, I think it takes actions.”

“But certainly I feel that our sport could apply a lot of pressure and could be of immense help to spread that fairness around the globe even more.”

Sebastian Vettel

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Lewis Hamilton, in addition to Vettel, has been a prominent voice in Formula 1. For instance, Hamilton has been a driving force behind F1’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Recently, Hamilton bought an entire table at New York’s Met Gala for unknown black designers.

Therefore, it’s disappointing that F1 doesn’t take as much action as drivers do. As usual, money matters the most, which is clear as day for Vettel. On a good note, this summer, F1 has released its scholarship program that should tackle diversity problems in the sport.

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