“It’s a sad world”– Sebastian Vettel talks about his recent activism towards LGBTQ+ community rights and the importance of taking a stand.
Sebastian Vettel was seen dawning the pride colours in support of the LGBTQ+ community struggling against their government. The German even snubbed the possibility of being penalized by the authorities for wearing pride colour accessories at the venue.
Talking about his recent support to the gender minorities, Vettel talks about the importance of taking a stand in the current ‘sad world’ we live in; this also includes his recent cleanliness drive in Silverstone.
There are many big problems that you cannot escape from as a world citizen because we are all affected by them,” he told Sport1.de. “After all the experiences and mistakes of the past, there really shouldn’t be any excuses today to hold on to exclusion.”
“We know how to do things better, and everyone can contribute in small or large ways. Change starts in the mind! We all look at the nice slogans on the carpet before the race (“We race as one”, ed.), and yet for some people it seems to be a problem.”
“It’s a sad world in some ways, but if it helps to support people who are suffering in countries that are part of the EU, I’m happy to express my support.”
Will do it again
The FIA reprimanded Vettel for not removing a rainbow t-shirt with “Same Love” on the front and paired it with a rainbow face mask while the Hungarian national anthem was played.
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It was reportedly in violation of FIA’s International Sporting Code, which needs drivers only to wear their race suits during national anthems. But Vettel was unconcerned with it and said he would wear it again if required.
“I’m happy if they disqualify me,” he told Sky News. They can do whatever they want to me, and I don’t care. I would do it again.”