Canadian Grand Prix | Sebastian Vettel, armed driver

Sebastian Vettel, like Lewis Hamilton, is used to taking a stand on big moves and issues. He did so on Thursday morning, hitting the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit on a bike in the colors of the LGBTQ+ community. On his jacket, you could see a pipeline with the inscription “Stop the oil sands. Canada’s crime.”

Posted at 3:43pm

Catherine Harvey Benard

Catherine Harvey Benard

This topic was discussed at the drivers’ regular Friday morning press conference. When a reporter asked him how he knew what was happening in Alberta, fellow Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll launched a long conversation.

“I’ve read a lot about it because I find it … it might not be a great word, but there is a lot going on and we live in an age where we are aware of a lot of things. It started.”

Photo by Kym Illman, taken from twitter @JMD_helmets

Sebastian Vettel appeared at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve wearing a jacket where you can see a pipeline accompanied by the inscription “Stop the Oil Sands. Canada Crime.”

“I think what’s happening in Alberta is a crime because you’re cutting down trees and destroying the environment just to get oil,” he said. The way you do this with oil sands is horrific for nature. Obviously, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have also increased since they started doing this. The site, as far as I know, was only discovered 20 years ago. »

This weekend, the German driver’s helmet also displays the same inscriptions as those that can be read on his jersey on Thursday.

“There is so much science on this topic that fossil fuels are going to disappear,” the 34-year-old added. These things should not be allowed anymore and should not happen these days. I just want to bring awareness to 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 “The Hypocrite” last month during an interview on the show question time, Broadcasted by the BBC, when it was pointed out the conflict between its environmental values ​​and playing a polluting sport like Formula 1. According to figures released in 2019, the entire F1 circuit emits the equivalent of 256,551 tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) annually, i.e. The equivalent of about 105,000 cars or 450 trips from Montreal to Paris. Obviously, this does not include promoting high-performance cars.

“Yes, that makes me a hypocrite, he fired Vettel, to the laughter of the audience in the studio. You’re right to laugh. I ask myself this question every day. I’m not a saint. I’m very worried about the future when it comes to energy, dependence and where we are.” are going.

We must stop relying on others [des énergies polluantes]We can because there are solutions. »

In addition, Vettel is also a great ally to the LGBTQ+ community. He appeared last week on the cover of a British gay magazine attitude behavior.

“It’s natural for me to express my support for people with prejudice just because they fall in love with another man or another woman or because they have different skin tones,” he said of it Friday.

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