Criticism of “Brexit” and Boris Johnson

( – Sebastian Vettel garnered a lot of sympathy during his appearance on the “BBC” television program “Question Time”, comparable to the German ARD format “Hart aber fair”. Not only for his humorous ways, for example when he made fun of the British public about “Brexit”, but also for his open handling of insecurity.

Sebastian Vettel at BBC Question Time

Sebastian Vettel (far right) was a guest on a British political talk show


The issue of environmental protection and independence from Russian oil and gas is at stake when moderator Fiona Bruce Vettel attacks whether he is a hypocrite for raising such questions when he is also a driver in what is arguably the most fossil sport in the world. , Formula 1 compete

Vettel reacts confidently to the laughter of the audience: “You’re right you’re laughing,” he says – and admits to questioning his work every day: racing is his great passion, “but when I get out of the car,” We should also do this, travel the world and waste resources? “

Traveling on the London Underground

Vettel took the tube to record the show in London. But the four-time Formula 1 world champion admits he’s not always so mobile: “There are a lot of things I can do better. Do I take the plane every time? No, not if I can drive a car. Some things have. I’m under control. some things don’t. “

Vettel thinks it’s legitimate to question Formula 1. If you need to haul an entire travel convoy across the world for racing cars. “Questions that I ask myself too”, he points out. On the other hand, not everything about Formula 1 is bad. For example, entertainment was again offered as one of the first sports in the pandemic.

“We were among the first to start when many people’s heads were about to explode. I’m not saying Formula 1 is that important in terms of bringing entertainment to the world. But there are many areas of entertainment: sports, culture. , cabaret – that couldn’t take place and that many people were missing. If we didn’t, we’d go crazy. “

Vettel: Laughter from the audience on his side

The show is also partly about British domestic politics. For example, when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial COVID garden parties were discussed, Vettel showed off his mischievous smile and said, “When you’re in the position, there are just a few things you can’t bring!”

Speaking of “Brexit”, which is being discussed emotionally between the audience and the politicians present, Vettel has to smile – similarly: “You got yourself into shit, now you have to come out again!” Instead of whistling, Vettel received cheers and cheers from the spectators present for the request to speak.

He encourages the British to resume dialogue with the European Union and, on the issue of environmental protection, which is very close to his heart, asks for the first possible phasing out of fossil fuels: “There are solutions. You in Great Britain are sitting on a real gold mine, namely wind energy. “

Mention of Austria on the topic of energy

Vettel is clear that each country has different advantages in the energy sector – and he cites Austria as one example: “They have the Alps and they have water. They can pump the water up the mountain, store it there – and let it flow down. again when they need energy. ” Elsewhere you have a lot of sun and can therefore rely on solar.

Vettel doesn’t think much about Russian energy supplies. First, because they indirectly finance the war in Ukraine. According to the Formula 1 driver, innocent people die every day and all other arguments are secondary, although to be taken very seriously. It is clear to him, he says, that politics must solve complex problems.

Vettel opposes energy supplies from Russia

In his opinion, there is no alternative to switching to renewable energies, “not only to become more independent, but also to be able to continue living on a livable planet in the future”. According to him, many people have not yet realized that fossil fuels will be much more expensive for humanity in the long run than renewable ones.

In his view, renewable energy sources should be described as “energy of peace or freedom” because, firstly, many wars for oil have been fought in the past and, secondly, a stable and sustainable energy supply to long term is the only possibility of affordable electricity and gasoline, especially for low-income workers.

Becoming independent of fossil fuels is also important for political reasons. Britain gets most of its energy from Norway. Even there you can’t know who will be in power at some point, says Vettel – as many have not seen it coming with Vladimir Putin, despite what he thought were sufficient warning signs …

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