Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will appear on BBC debate show Question Time on Thursday evening.
The Aston Martin driver’s appearance on the show was announced by presenter Fiona Bruce last week, surprising many fans and viewers.
It’s the first time an active F1 driver has appeared on the long-running show, which features live debates between politicians and other figures, with questions asked by members of the public.
One of the most popular drivers on the grid, Vettel is known for supporting various causes but admitted he was hoping to discuss several issues at Question Time.
“I’m pretty open,” said the 34-year-old German. “I think it’s a different format. And yes, I’m looking forward to it. I think I can learn a lot.
“Of course I have my opinion. I’m not saying it’s always right or wrong.
“But I think it’s going to be interesting because it’s going to be a very different environment and probably different types of questions or topics to talk about.”
Last season, Vettel received praise, but also backlash, from the FIA for wearing a rainbow shirt that read ‘Same Love’ at the Hungarian Grand Prix in protest of the country’s discriminatory laws against the LGBTQ+ community.
He also created a women-only karting event in Saudi Arabia to campaign for more rights for women drivers in the Middle Eastern state and earlier this year became the first driver to say he will win the Grand Prix of Boycotting Russia after invading the country in Ukraine, with the race canceled shortly after.
Vettel has also raised awareness of several environmental issues, most recently at last weekend’s Miami Grand Prix when he wore a shirt that highlighted the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.
On the race track, he is one of the most successful racers of all time, winning four straight titles with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013 and to date has 53 wins, 122 podiums and 57 pole positions to his credit.
The former Ferrari driver also holds several notable F1 records, including most wins in a season (13 in 2013), most consecutive wins (nine) and youngest-ever world champion.
Vettel’s Question Time debut airs Thursday at 10:40pm on BBC One.
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