The four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel was called a “whiner” by the two-time world rally champion Walter Röhrl because of his commitment to climate change and was asked to withdraw from motorsport.
After winning four consecutive championships with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, Vettel remains on the F1 grid with the Aston Martin team despite not being able to challenge for race wins in his final few seasons.
In May, the German appeared on the BBC’s Question Time, where he admitted to being a “hypocrite” for being both an environmental activist and a racing driver. The 34-year-old regularly questions his future involvement in motorsport.
“I’m very worried when it comes to the future, about these issues, when it comes to energy, energy dependency and the future,” said Vettel. “Certain things are in my control and certain things are not. It is my passion to drive a car. I’m happy every time I get in the car. Of course, when I get out of the car, I also think: “Should we do this, travel the world, waste resources?”
‘[My continued involvement in F1] is something I’m wondering. There are certain things I can control and certain things I can’t. There are things I do because I feel like I can do them better. Do I take the plane every time? No, not if I can take the car. But there are certain things within my control and certain things outside of it. Action should have been taken a long time ago. We shouldn’t rely on it [energy] Prices we don’t dictate.”
Now Vettel’s compatriot Röhrl has made the bizarre claim that Vettel’s climate activism is the reason he hasn’t won a fifth world championship and means he should retire from the sport entirely.
“I once asked myself what happened to him,” said Röhrl of “Bild am Sonntag”. “But if I come to my senses after 15 years in motorsport and now consider myself an environmental polluter, then I have to stop – that’s enough!
“He can’t complain that he wants to do something for the environment and at the same time fly around the world in Formula 1. You have to live your life consistently according to it. I like him and from my point of view I hope that he doesn’t abseil off the freeway like Greenpeace to paralyze public transport,” Röhrl continued.
Vettel’s environmental activism has increased in recent years and he works with several organizations on projects including access to water and saving bees. He was also spotted cleaning up fans’ rubbish from the stands at last year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone and is a regularly visible ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/07/sebastian-vettel-called-a-whiner-and-told-to-retire-from-formula-1-over-climate-change-and-environment-activism-16783281/ Sebastian Vettel called a "whiner" and said he should retire from Formula 1 over climate change and environmental activism