Vettel admits he’s a hypocrite in surprising reply to Canadian politician

Sebastian Vettel spoke out against Canada's use of Tar Sands last weekend.

Sebastian Vettel has given his reply to Alberta energy minister Sonya Savage’s criticism of him after he spoke out against the region’s Tar Sands extraction.

The four-time world champion continued his activism last weekend in Canada when he rocked up wearing a t-shirt criticising the country’s use of Tar Sands, which poses an environmental issue.

Savage savagely sullied Sebastian’s salvage attempt of the world’s ecosystems by accusing him of “hypocrisy” for associating himself with the Aston Martin team that has Aramco – a Saudi Arabian oil firm – as one of its title sponsors.

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The 34-year-old is “disappointed” that, instead of pledging positive action for the environment, the Alberta politician decided to personally attack him.

“It is right but what you miss and, I am a little bit disappointed that politicians and politics jumps on a personal level because it is not about me, you know, it is not all about me, it is about the bigger picture,” Vettel said.

“Yes, I am a hypocrite doing what I love. We all have different passions, this is the way that I paint my canvas. 

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“There are solutions for the future to make it more sustainable and not rely on… the future in that regard looks exciting.”

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Vettel elaborated on the message he was trying to send after wearing the shirt that accused Canada of a “climate crime.”

“It is disappointing to break it down to a personal level and miss to look at the bigger picture,” he added.

“What is really important is the message, we need to make the switch and get out of fossils and base our whole lifestyle on renewables.”

Vettel ended the Canadian Grand Prix in P12 as team-mate Lance Stroll claimed 10th in an encouraging weekend for the British side.