Former Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel shocked fans with an appearance on the BBC's Question Time, where he expressed very logical views on an array of issues including Brexit.
The German racer has represented some of the biggest teams on the F1 grid including Red Bull and Ferrari – and utilised his position to speak candidly about many controversial topics.
Vettel was not afraid to call out Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the 'partygate' scandal, stating: “When you are in that position there are certain things that you just can’t pull off. In the end, it is the prime minister who made the law and then breaks the law."
He also expressed his views on the rising cost of living, the war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Finland's announcement that they intend to join NATO – showing he's educated in a wide variety of topics that are currently dominating the news agenda.
On Brexit, he said: “I think the majority of German people don’t understand. I think there’s some things might be better, some things might be worse, I’m not the best judge here. But what I can see is that looking at the size of problems that is ahead of us on so many levels, whether it is the environment, social justice, looking after people, we need to do this together. We will not pull this off just [as] one of us. And that’s where I don’t understand the push for Brexit and say that ‘we will take care of ourselves and everything will be great’.”
Vettel's verdict on the likes of Brexit and Boris Johnson left many on social media impressed, with plenty flocking to praise the German racer and urging politicians to listen.
@Maybot2019 described him as a 'breathe of fresh air compared to the politicians on there', with @SophieTalksF1 adding 'he's put our elected politicians in the shade with his compassion, his sense, his humility.'
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@DanielJFrancis wants to see more of Vettel, expressing his desire to see the racer speak about what he feels 'personally, honestly and unfiltered of the mess that is our politicians squabbling with each other'.
@JPrentice summed up how many fans were feeling, saying: 'No slight on Seb at all because he's been very very good but the fact he's been a class above a sitting member of the UK government in his second language is both impressive and alarming'.
Vettel has regularly expressed his views in Formula One, wearing a t-shirt displaying the risks of rising sea levels ahead of the Miami Grand Prix while he participated in litter pickings in the grandstands after last year's British Grand Prix.
This season, the German has endured difficulties with Aston Martin which has led to speculation that he could retire from the grid – with Alpine's Fernando Alonso the favourite to take his seat if Vettel does bring an end to his illustrious career.
Vettel did admit during his Question Time appearance that his thoughts regarding global warming and the continued use of fossil fuels have led him to consider his position in F1, which has long-term aims of being carbon neutral but is still some years away.
“I am not a saint but I am very concerned about the future. It is something I ask myself [whether I should be racing in Formula One] and travelling the world. It is my passion to drive a car and I love it, and every time I step in a car I love it, but when I get out of the car I am thinking: ‘is this something we should do, travelling the world and wasting resources?’
“On the other hand, we are entertaining people and during Covid, we were one of the first sports to start again. When everybody’s heads were about to explode there were F1 races on. In terms of entertainment, there are sports, culture, comedy and a lot of people who could not perform [during that time] and a lot of people missed that and if we did not have this in general we would probably go mad.
“There are things I do because I feel I can do them better. Do I need to take a plane every time [to a race]? No, not when I can take a car. There are certain things in my control and certain things I cannot control.”
Vettel's current deal with Aston Martin expires at the end of the current season, which is set to be a record 23 races as long as a replacement for the cancelled Russian Grand Prix is found.
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