Canadian Grand Prix | Sebastian Vettel, the combative driver

Like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel is used to taking a stance on big movements and issues. He did so on Thursday morning, arriving at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit on a bike painted in the colors of the LGBTQ+ community. On his shirt was a pipeline that read, “Stop exploiting the tar sands. The Crime of Canada”.

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Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
The press

The issue was discussed at the usual driver press conference on Friday morning. When asked by a reporter how he found out about what was happening in Alberta, Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin teammate began a long monologue.

“I read about it a lot because I think it… Fascinating might not be the right word, but it’s happening a lot and we live in a time where we’re so aware of a lot of things,” he began.


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Sebastian Vettel appeared at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve wearing a sweater depicting a pipeline with the inscription “Stop the exploitation of the oil sands. The Crime of Canada”.

“I think what’s happening in Alberta is a crime because you’re cutting down trees and destroying the environment just to extract oil,” he continued. The way with the oil sands is terrible for nature. Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have also increased since the beginning. As far as I know, the site was only discovered 20 years ago. »

The German rider’s helmet this weekend also bears the same inscriptions that could be read on his jersey on Thursday.

“There is so much science out there that fossil fuels are going to disappear,” added the 34-year-old athlete. These things shouldn’t be allowed anymore and they shouldn’t be happening nowadays. I just want to raise awareness of what’s going on in the first place. I think a lot of people in Canada and around the world don’t know that. It’s just a small gesture. »

Vettel called himself a “hypocrite” during an interview on the show last month. question time, broadcast on the BBC when he was shown the contradiction between his environmental values ​​and playing a polluting sport like F1. According to figures released in 2019, the entire F1 circuit emits 256,551 tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) annually, equivalent to about 105,000 cars or 450 flights between Montreal and Paris. Of course, this does not include the promotion of high-performance cars.


“Yes, that makes me a hypocrite,” Vettel launched, making the audience in the studio laugh. You are right to laugh. I ask myself this question every day. I am not a saint. I’m very worried about the future when it comes to energy, the dependency on energy sources, where we’re going.

“We have to stop being dependent [des énergies polluantes], and we can, because there are solutions. »

In addition, Vettel is also a great ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Last week he appeared on the cover of the British gay magazine attitude.

“It comes naturally to me to express my support for people who suffer from prejudice simply because they fall in love with another man or woman or because they have a different skin color,” he said on Friday.

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