« Yes, I’m a hypocrite » – Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel’s stand against the Alberta oil sands caused local politicians to react, who did not hesitate to raise the racing driver’s hypocrisy. A label that the quadruple world champion agrees to wear.

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Arriving in the paddock on Thursday, Vettel wore a shirt with a strong message: “Stop mining the oil sands. This is Canada’s climate crime.” The province’s energy minister, Sonya Savage, responded quickly.

“I’ve seen a lot of hypocrisy over the years, but this time it has to be done. A racing driver [chez] Aston Martin, with funding from [la société d’État saoudienne de pétrole] Aramco, complains about the oil sands,” wrote the Conservative MP.

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Asked to comment on that response after qualifying, Vettel conceded his activism might seem incongruous, but he finds it a shame that the debate is turning to him rather than the climate crisis.

“It’s true, he admitted on Saturday. I’m a bit disappointed that politicians take a personal approach, because it’s not about me, not at all, it’s about the big picture. Yes, I’m a hypocrite to do what I love for a living. We all have different passions; it is this way.”

“There are solutions for the future so that we no longer depend on fossil fuels. That’s exciting. What is really important is the message: we need to make the change and get out of fossil fuels.”


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