Sebastian Vettel – “We need to stop judging people for what they like to do and who they like”
Sebastian Vettel revealed his decision to wear a Pride shirt to support the LGBTQ + community at the Hungarian Grand Prix in August.
Vettel stood on the grid before the race, wearing a rainbow-colored shirt, protesting the country’s anti-LGBTQ + legislation. He also wore a rainbow mask and running boots.
Vettel said he hopes these moves will help change mentalities in Formula 1.
“If I can be an inspiration it’s great, but at the end of the day the whole environment has to be inviting,” Vettel told the BBC’s LGBT podcast.
“So if little things like what I did help raise awareness and express our support, that’s fine. But we need to stop judging people by what they like to do and who they like. We should. see people first, and everyone is different and everyone has a beauty about them.
“Let’s just treat people the way we want to treat them, equally, not based on who they like.”
Speaking of the ‘Same Love’ message he wore on the shirt, Vettel said, “It’s the name of a beautiful Macklemore song, and I think it nicely explains some of the bad perceptions people have. .
“It doesn’t matter your skin color, it doesn’t matter where you are from, it doesn’t matter where you are from, whoever you fall in love with. At the end of the day, you just want equal treatment for everyone.”
While Lewis Hamilton has always worn a shirt with a social message before races, no other driver had made such a strong political statement before a race to Vettel in Budapest. The Aston Martin driver said he was happy to do it – after the race he told media he would happily do it again.
“I wasn’t nervous or embarrassed by the colors of the rainbow or what people think,” Vettel said. “I wanted to send a message, and I was very proud to do so.
“I remembered seeing in the news that the current government did not have the most progressive views on certain things.
“There has been a lot of debate about laws that prohibit healthy education for all ages and leave parts out, which in my opinion is completely wrong.
“So the idea came up that we have this moment before the race where we can get certain messages out there, and I thought it was a good opportunity to send a little nod.”