Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel appeared on BBC Question Time as he discussed the environmental impact of Formula 1, and his guilt that accompanies this. This comes only a week after he wore a T-shirt in Miami, highlighting the rising of sea levels around Florida.
“It’s my passion to drive a car. Every time I step in the car, I love it,” he told the panel.
“When I get out of the car, of course I’m thinking as well: ‘Is this something we should do, travel the world, wasting resources?'”
“You've talked a lot about energy…does that make you a hypocrite?”
“When I get out of the car, of course I’m thinking, is this something that we should do?”
On #bbcqt tonight, F1 driver Sebastian Vettel and the panel discuss the energy crisis.
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) May 12, 2022
“We need to stop being dependent [on fossil fuels], and we can, because there are solutions in place,” Vettel said.
“You know, in Britain, you have this sort of goldmine you’re sitting on, which is wind, and you have the ability to increase your energy supply with wind power, solar.
“Every country has its strengths and weaknesses.
“If you go to Austria, they have the Alps and they have water, they can pump it up, store it, take it back down.
“It’s something that I’m asking myself. There’s certain things that are in my control, and certain things are not.
“There’s things that I do because I feel I can do them better. Do I take the plane every time? No, not when I can take the car. But there’s certain things in my control, and certain things outside.”
Fans have exploded with admiration as they stand behind what Vettel had to say. Here are our favourite reactions:
— F1 Briefings (@F1Briefings) May 13, 2022
Sebastian Vettel being significantly more eloquent and rational, in his second language, than the Attorney General, is impressive and also alarming. #BBCQT
— Phillip Horton (@PHortonF1) May 12, 2022
— Matt Bishop 🏳️🌈 (@TheBishF1) May 12, 2022
Anytime anyone says sports people shouldn’t get involved in politics, hold up Sebastian Vettel’s appearance on BBC Question Time. Passionate, eloquent, measured, impactful, and all from a stance of party neutrality. Honest, sincere, and deeply impressive. And in a 2nd language!
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 13, 2022
Sebastian Vettel is a legend.
— Matt Gallagher (@MattyWTF1) May 12, 2022
Yesterday, F1 Driver Sebastian Vettel visited a school for disadvantaged children & opened their therapy room, went to a UK Prison to talk to inmates about getting training on release then took a commuter train to appear on #bbcqt.
This is what you'd expect an MP to do.
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) May 12, 2022
Sebastian Vettel, scruffy, slouched in his chair, totally unprepared. Talking nothing but truth and sense (and occasionally going off on random tangents). First class. #bbcqt
— Alan (@email_alan) May 12, 2022
*googles how to get younger generations into politics*
Put Sebastian Vettel on Question Time, that is your answer pic.twitter.com/kAnPmgoo9X
— The Megs⁹⁹ met antonio 🍂 (@megslou99) May 12, 2022
Sebastian Vettel is a magnificent ambassador for Formula 1. When the times comes for him to leave, the paddock will be a poorer, less articulate place without him #QuestionTime
— Matt Kew (@mattkewF1) May 12, 2022
If Sebastian Vettel ever needed to know how well he's regarded, thousands of us watched all of *that* #bbcqt
— Alex Jacques (@AlexJacquesF1) May 12, 2022
Next election I’m voting for Sebastian Vettel
— F1 Reaction Pictures (@FormulaReaction) May 12, 2022
Man, F1 should be so proud to have a driver like Sebastian Vettel.
— Chanou (@AMBucketHat) May 12, 2022
Vettel has done F1 proudly today.