Four-time F1 world champion Vettel was featured on the British television program Question TimeThursday night will be a discussion of a variety of current global and political issues, with a strong emphasis on the energy crisis.
In recent years, Vettel has been a prominent voice in motorsport about climate issues and other important social and politically relevant matters like LGBTQ+ rights and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
During the show, Vettel stressed the importance of countries not being dependent on sole energy supplies, citing Germany’s reliance on Russian energy and the position it leaves his home country in since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
When the host of the show pointed out to Vettel that he drove in a “gas-guzzling” sport, it was met with some laughter from the audience.
Asked if racing in F1 made him a hypocrite when it came to highlighting the need to save energy, Vettel replied: “It does, and you’re right when you laugh, because there are questions that I ask myself every day.
“I’m not a saint. I’m very concerned when it comes to the future, so these topics when it comes to energy, energy dependence and where we’re going in the future.”
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22
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Vettel added that it was “something that I’m asking myself” whether he should be racing in F1 and “travelling the world”.
“There are certain things that are in my control, and certain things are not,” Vettel said. “It’s my passion to drive a car, and I love it. Every time I get into the car, it is a joy.
“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?”
But Vettel also highlighted the importance of F1 as a source of entertainment, believing that people “would probably go mad” without things to enjoy.
“There’s a lot of questions that I ask myself,” Vettel said. “There’s a lot of things that I do because I feel I can do them better.
“Do I need to take a plane every time? Not when I can take the car. There’s certain things in my control and certain things outside my control.”
Vettel was joined on Question Time by Suella Braverman, Conservative MP and attorney General, Labour MP Shabana Mahamood and Miatta Fahnbulleh (comedian), and Vettel.
Helmet for Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
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The quintet responded to questions from the audience on a number of topics including the cost-of-living crisis, the Northern Ireland protocol from the Brexit agreement, Finland’s application to NATO and the ‘Partygate’ scandal that engulfed British prime minister Boris Johnson.
Vettel emphasized the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as a major issue that nations must address. He also said that the UK government had have to deal with the consequences for pushing for the Brexit agreement to be finalized.
Relating to Partygate and Johnson’s breaking of the law during lockdown, Vettel said: “I think that when you are in that position, there’s certain things that you just can’t pull off.
“In the end, it is the prime minister who made the law and then breaks the law. I’m just thinking, if I’m a father of three kids and I’m trying to explain something to them that I think is really important on how to behave, and I do the exact opposite, what do you think they would make of it? I’m the least credible person in front of them then.
“We all do mistakes, we’re all human. But there’s just certain things that I think come with office or that job that you can’t do.”