F1 Racing Driver Sebastian Vettel is Very Worried About Climate Change

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You might think you know hypocrisy, but German Formula 1 racing driver Sebastian Vettel is here to shatter whatever previous misconceptions you might have left.

Vettel, who has previously driven for multiple Formula 1 teams such as BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Ferrari, arrived at a press conference prior to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal wearing a shirt criticizing the Canadian oil and gas industries.

Now driving for Aston Martin, Vettel’s shirt specifically criticized Alberta’s oil production, displaying the messages “Stop Mining Tar Sands” and “Canada’s Climate Crime.”

However, in an incredibly unsurprising turn of events, Vettel’s team Aston Martin is sponsored in part by Saudi Aramco, the single largest producer of oil and gas in the world.

This did not escape the notice of Alberta’s Energy Minister Sonya Savage, who pointed out that Saudi Aramco is “reputed to be the single largest contributor to global carbon emissions, of any company, since 1965.”

A report from Canada’s National Post quoted Vettel explaining his actions, which included announcing he intended to wear a special helmet to “raise awareness”

“I think what happens in Alberta is a crime because you chop down a lot of trees and you basically destroy the place just to extract oil, and the manner of doing it with the tarsands, oilsands mining, is horrible for nature,” Vettel said. “There’s so much science around the topic that fossil fuels are going to end, and living in a time that we do now, these things shouldn’t be allowed anymore, and they shouldn’t happen.”

Beyond the hypocrisy of criticizing oil and gas production in Canada while racing wearing the logo of the largest oil and gas producer in the world, Vettel apparently didn’t realize that the cars he’s been driving professionally for the past 16 years are powered by fossil fuels.

Even worse than the cars, massive Formula 1 support teams travel around the world to compete in Grand Prix events.

Just this year, races have been held in Spain, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Italy, Miami, Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada, with further competitions scheduled in Austria, France, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, Japan, Austin, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Transporting people and materials for sport and driving inefficient race cars sounds much like a “Climate crime” than anything Alberta is doing.

Seemingly Vettel chose Canada instead of Saudi Arabia to make his hypocritical political statement likely because he knows that he’ll receive much more favorable media attention there. Principled stands are much easier to take when in friendly territory, of course.

The ability to signal virtue is apparently entirely unrelated to the ability to accept your own contribution to the issue you claim to care about. Vettel’s hypocrisy is remarkable, both in its scope and bewildering lack of self awareness.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC


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  1. I’ve said it 1,000 times.. It’s not about reality, logic or reason. It’s about FEELINGS. He has to rise to the top of whatever to “raise awareness,” which makes him FEEL good and FEEL like he ACTUALLY HELPING. In his mind, he’s a hero of the environment regardless of his contribution!!

  2. Another example of athletes needing to stay on their lane. Maybe Sebastian can site a causal study proving the link between CO2 and rising temperatures.

    Climate Change is a scam. Period. NOAA and scientists have been falsifying data and studies to ride the government grant gravy train.

    Why would they lie? Simple, to maintain their livelihood. And that’s your taxpayer dollars they are using. And you wonder why they can’t fix the infrastructure in this country…..

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