The customs union and the Northern Ireland protocol question came up. “Looking at the size of the problems facing us at so many levels whether that is the environment, social justice, looking after people. We need to do this together,” Vettel emphasised. “That’s why I don’t understand this mentality of we want to go it alone, as with Brexit. Now you’re in this mess…”
He’s not your typical F1 driver and never has been. But as he’s matured he’s gained an ever-bigger worldview to the point that he has probably outgrown the sport. The show’s host Fiona Bruce then posed the question to him, asking if he wasn’t a hypocrite? Driving in F1 with all that gas-guzzling?
“Yes,” he answered. “You are right. I love what I do. My passion is driving. But when I get out of the car I am thinking ‘Is this something we should do, travelling the world wasting resources?’ On the other hand we are entertaining people and without entertainment in difficult times we would probably go mad. But I question myself. There are certain things in my control and certain things outside it.”
It’s difficult not to imagine he is going to play a bigger role in the world once he has stopped racing. And it’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine him racing for very much longer.