Sebastian Vettel viciously booed by Canadian Grand Prix crowd during drivers' parade.
Sebastian Vettel was widely booed by the packed crowd at the Canadian Grand Prix during the drivers' parade.
19 Jun 2022, 17:49
SEBASTIAN VETTEL got a less than warm welcome by the thousands of fans at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Aston Martin driver has used his platform a global sports star to raise awareness on several climate change issues around the world.
This week has seen Vettel take aim at Canada's controversial use of oil sands and the operation in place in Alberta. It appears as though some of those in attendance for Sunday's race didn't take too kindly to Vettel's strong words though and booed the driver as he made his way around the track in the hours before the Grand Prix.
Vettel didn't mince his words in Friday's press conference, when he called out "Canada’s climate crime. I find this – fascinating might be the wrong word – but there’s a lot going on. We live in a time and age where we are so much aware of a lot of things," he said. “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 tar sands mining, oil sands mining is horrible for nature.”
‘Less Than Warm Welcome: Widely Booed’;
Sebastian Vettel makes environmental destruction plea after Canadian "crimes"
Friday 17 June 2022 19:10
Sebastian Vettel has accused the Canadian government of committing "a crime" with its environmentally destructive oil mining in Alberta's tar sands. The Aston Martin driver, who has backed a number of causes in recent years, did not hold back when offering a damning verdict of Canada's mining of the third-largest oil reserve on the planet.
"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," explained Vettel.
"And the manner of doing it with the tar sands. Mining oil is horrible for nature and obviously, Canada's greenhouse emissions have gone up since they started doing it.”
Environmental Destruction Plea’;
Ted Kravitz points out Sebastian Vettel protest contradiction at Canadian Grand Prix
17:29, 19 JUN 2022
BY Mark Whiley
Sebastian Vettel is wearing a special helmet at the Canadian Grand Prix in protest against the country's oil sands mining, but has been labelled a hypocrite in some quarters. Sebastian Vettel is continuing his activism by sporting a special helmet at this weekend’s F1 Canadian Grand Prix.
The four-time world champion has been vocal about a number of issues in recent years, including gay rights and climate change. For the Montreal race, the German is wearing a helmet which reads ‘STOP MINING TAR SANDS’ and ‘CANADA’S CLIMATE CRISIS’.
It refers to Canada’s oil sands mining. Extracting oil from the heavy sands is said to be three to five times more energy-intensive than pumping it from wells and can have an adverse environmental impact. However, Vettel’s message has been labelled hypocritical in some quarters as his helmet also carries the logo of Saudi oil company Aramco, one of his Aston Martin team’s main sponsors.
Vettel removed controversial ‘climate crime’ helmet for Canadian Grand Prix
2022 Canadian Grand Prix
Posted on 20th June 2022, 8:20
Written by Keith Collantine and Will Wood
Sebastian Vettel did not wear his helmet drawing attention to “Canada’s climate crime” during yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix. However his Aston Martin team insisted they did not require him to stop wearing the helmet, which he sported on Friday and Saturday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Vettel’s helmet and accompanying T-shirt bearing the slogans “Stop mining tar sands” and “Canada’s climate crime” made him a focus of attention after a local political accused him of “hypocrisy”. Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack denied the team had told him to stop wearing the design.
“No, no,” he said when asked. “I mean, he wanted to create awareness with the T-shirt and the helmet. And then at one point, he decided the awareness is created, let’s say, and that was it, and took it off. And he cannot wear the same T-shirt every day!”
Sebastian Vettel hits back at Canadian politician's personal attack
Saturday 25 June 2022 07:00
Sebastian Vettel has hit back at Canadian politician Sonya Savage for levelling a personal attack at him over his environmental stance.
But the Aston Martin F1 driver has agreed with the Alberta energy minister's claim that he is a "hypocrite". Vettel has been outspoken in his push for environmental awareness as well as his ongoing campaign against societal rights abuse.
The German has highlighted a different issue at each grand prix, typically with a slogan written on a t-shirt. The race in Canada last weekend was no different as Vettel picked out oil mining on Alberta's tar sands.
‘Sebastian Vettel’s Environmental Awareness Campaign’;
Vettel reveals why he’s become an activist as he’s matured
Date published: June 26 2022
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has become known for highlighting important social and environmental concerns as one of the F1’s elder statesmen.
Vettel, who turns 35 years old in July, is now one of Formula 1’s eldest drivers, with the four-time World Champion not afraid to use his stature within the sport to highlight issues he feels command more public knowledge and pressure.
At last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, for instance, Vettel chose to highlight Canada’s mining of tar sands and wore a helmet early in the weekend to display imagery of the ecological damage being caused by such mining. It led to a backlash from several prominent Canadian politicians, who labelled Vettel a ‘hypocrite’ for his stance, given his profession and team sponsorship from Saudi oil company Aramco.
EDITORIAL: Sebastian Vettel needs to quit racing — right now
Publishing date: Jun 20, 2022
Author of the article: Postmedia News
If Sebastian Vettel really thinks Alberta’s oil and gas sector is a “climate crime” then so is his day job as an F1 racer. He needs to stop being a hypocrite and quit racing. Right now.
Vettel smugly arrived at the Montreal Grand Prix wearing a t-shirt that read “Stop Mining Tar Sands” and “Canada’s Climate Crime”.
The shirt had a picture of a pipeline. The helmet he wore to race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve over the weekend bore a similar message. We’re getting more than a little tired of wealthy celebrities flying in to denounce our oil and gas sector. They’re hypocrites, the whole darn lot of them.”
“But Vettel takes things to a whole new level. The guy burns up way more emissions than a regular person. In fact, it’s literally all he does. Formula One is a very gas-guzzling activity and Vittel drives cars in a circle all day. “I have seen a lot of hypocrisy over the years, but this one takes the cake,” Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage tweeted in response to Vettel.
‘Smugly Takes The Cake’;
Bernie Ecclestone agrees with Ferrari's concerns over 'dangerous' FIA move.
Bernie Ecclestone: “She (Shalia-Ann Rao) told them about the new directive, obviously!”
09:19, Sun, Jun 26, 2022
By LIAM LLEWELLYN
BERNIE Ecclestone commented on a new FIA appointment that has previous links with Mercedes. Bernie Ecclestone shared the same point of view with Ferrari regarding a new FIA appointment. Shalia-Ann Rao has been made the new interim head of Formula One at the FIA, and she is a former advisor to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. She served as the FIA's legal director from mid-2016 to the end of 2018 before joining the Silver Arrows.
The decision was made following the departure of Peter Bayer, who served as the FIA's F1 executive director since last year and secretary general for sport since 2017. An explanation for the Australian's departure has yet to be explained and nothing points to Rao’s appointment relating to the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.
Therefore, Ecclestone was unhappy with the announcement, fearing there may be a conflict of interest. “It's bloody dangerous,” he said. “Toto started all this nonsense about the cars needing to change. She told them about the new directive, obviously. She worked with Toto for two or three years.
‘Bernie Ecclestone: “She (Shalia-Ann Rao) told them about the new directive, obviously!” ’;
Ferrari boss hints at foul play after Mercedes develop new part.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto was left confused as to the speed of Mercedes’ turnaround of an additional floor stay ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
23 June 2022
by James Clifford
The FIA introduced a technical directive to counter "porpoising" and bouncing in Canada. Because the TD was introduced at short notice, the governing body allowed for an extra floor stay to be installed to keep the car stable, and Mercedes would show up for practice with an extra one on the car.
This would have meant a small team of mechanics flying all the way back to the UK to get them, before bringing them back, which would have taken too long, so Mercedes have kept some workers back, before bringing them out with the new parts when the TD was passed.
Binotto is not entirely convinced by this, but settles on Toto Wolff’s word that they flew some mechanics out later with the additional stays. “Toto says they did it overnight. Ferrari would not be capable of doing this,” he said. “I’m surprised that a team is so strong to manage it overnight. I can only trust what he says.”
‘Foul Play Hinted’;
Marko: TD ‘backfired’ on Mercedes, must solve their own issues
Date published: June 26 2022
Helmut Marko suggested Mercedes had inside information about an FIA technical directive but claims “it came back like a boomerang.” While the data was just being collected in Montreal and the rules would not be enforced until Silverstone, the lateness of the announcement meant all but one team did not have time to change their cars in line with the new regulation.
That one team was Mercedes, who raised suspicion when they appeared with a different floor during one of the practice sessions before swapping it back out. Red Bull’s Marko has suggested the team must have received inside information in order to get the replacement ready in time. “I was very surprised when I saw their floor with that second support,” Marko told the Dutch edition of Motorsport.com.
“When the technical directive came out, it was clear that there would not be enough time to supply such a part.” Marko was reportedly then asked if he believed Mercedes have inside information and he replied: “Otherwise you can’t explain what happened.” The 79-year-old also suggested that although Mercedes had been the team that had campaigned the hardest for new rules to be introduced, they may find it does not work in their favour. “It could come back like a boomerang,” he is quoted as saying.
‘It’s against the regulation’: Alpine boss warns Mercedes upgrade could be ‘protested’
The FIA began a clampdown on "porpoising" and bouncing at last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.
20 June 2022
by James Clifford
Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer was not convinced by the FIA’s initial decision to allow Mercedes to run an extra stay on their car during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. A new metric was brought in last weekend to determine how much oscillating movement the cars are producing over several health concerns were raised regarding “porpoising” and bouncing.
One of the caveats of the directive was that, since it was passed at such short notice, the teams could install an extra stay on the floor to keep the car stable. According to a report by Auto Motor und Sport, McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull were all wondering how and why Mercedes happened to have another one ready.
The Silver Arrows confirmed that they had left some people behind in Brackley, and they then flew out later than the rest of the team with the stays in tow. However, the fact that some teams were able to gain an advantage due to the directive was something Szafnauer had one or two queries about.
‘Wondering How Mercedes, JUST HAPPENED, to have one ready!’
Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren concerned about Mercedes cheating after new upgrade unveiled
The FIA have taken measures to try and mitigate the effects of "porpoising" and bouncing.
18 June 2022
by James Clifford
Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren are all said to be bemused as to how Mercedes happened to have an extra floor stay ready, despite the new directive only being announced on Thursday. Mercedes then had an extra one ready to install on the cars of Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on Friday and, according to Michael Schmidt of Auto Motor und Sport, three teams find that rather odd.
“Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren are not only upset that the FIA is changing the rules in the middle of the season and allowing for a second underbody support, they also openly question how Mercedes had such a stay and attachments to the chassis and floor on hand in just one day,” he (Michael Schmidt of Auto Motor und Sport) said.
A Mercedes spokesperson said that the team had left some people behind at Brackley ready for a late call-out with the extra parts. “We had people who flew late to Montreal and took the material with them. Because of our problems with the ground, we were prepared for anything in terms of the stays,” they clarified.
‘Bemused how Mercedes had stay and attachments ‘on hand’ in a day!’
Marko makes joke about Hamilton’s back pain as he criticises the FIA
Sir Lewis Hamilton suffered back pain during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, before ending on the podium in Canada.
23 June 2022
by Rob Kershaw
Hamilton had trouble getting out of his car after finished fourth in Baku, but hopped out much more easily after ending third in Canada last weekend, so Dr Marko could not resist a jab in the ribs. “Hamilton got out of the car quickly today. When he’s on the podium, it’s a lot easier,” he joked.
Dr Marko is unhappy that his team face the possibility of being pegged back to help Mercedes, whom he believes have an easy job to do to fix the bouncing – they just do not want to do it. “I don’t think the FIA’s decisions are right,” he told Sky Germany.
“One team, Mercedes, have the biggest problems and then you react in the middle of the season. There is a simple solution: you just have to raise the car. Then you no longer have this bouncing, but you lose speed. The fact that they are now reacting in this way and trying to impose such powers on the FIA, which practically determine the set-ups of the cars, is a quick fix that has certainly not been thought through.”
‘Imposing Powers On The FIA’;