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Sebastian Vettel admits he is a 'hypocrite' on climate change over F1 career

Telegraph, 13 May 2022
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Sebastian Vettel, the four times Formula One world champion, has admitted that he is questioning his future in “one of the most gas-guzzling sports in the world” over environmental fears. Appearing on the BBC’s flagship politics Question Time show, Vettel accepted that he was “a hypocrite” for speaking out on climate change while at the same time having dedicated much of his life to racing cars all around the world.

Vettel had repeatedly mentioned energy sources during his appearance on the show, from issues ranging from the cost of living crisis to Brexit, prompting presenter Fiona Bruce to challenge him over his own way of life. “It’s interesting you have talked a lot, in most of the questions we have dealt with about energy, the need for renewable energies and, here you are, you are a Formula One driver, one of the most gas-guzzling sports in the world. Does that make you a hypocrite?”

Vettel accepted the charge. “It does,” he said. “You are right. There are questions I ask myself every day. I’m not a saint. I’m very concerned when it comes to the future. When I get out of the car, of course I’m thinking as well: ‘Is this something we should do, travel the world, wasting resources?’”

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