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The past few weeks have been full of controversy inside the track, especially due to the split of opinions between the FIA president, Mohammed bin SalimAnd many drivers such as Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel, who have taken advantage of their exposure to the media to send messages in support of different social values.
While the CEO asserts that sports should be just a way of competing, members of the network suggest that they are the ones who should make people think in order to change the world and walk towards a better path.
For this reason, these two pilots introduced two completely new helmet designs. Sebastian Vettel added a Canadian Forestas well as numerous inscriptions against climate change, while Lewis Hamilton wore a helmet to support LGTBIQ + Collective.
Sebastian Vettel 2022 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix helmet
Lewis Hamilton’s helmet at the 2022 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
In the case of the German from Aston Martin, he calls what is happening in Canada “climate crime”, as the exploitation appears in AlbertaWhich has been described as the largest industrial project in the world. With this work, bitumen is extracted from huge exposed pits on land that was once a forest, and that’s not all, as Vettel arrived at the field wearing a T-shirt with the same message, riding a bicycle with a rainbow flag.
This helmet is business Jeans MenserIt also shows an oil pipeline trying to raise awareness of the importance of climate change. When asked about the design by Motorsport.com, he said, “I’ve read a lot about it because I find it cool, although that word might be wrong, but there’s a lot to do.
“I think we live in a time when we are aware of a lot of things,” he continued. “What is happening in Alberta is a crime, because a lot of trees are cut down and the place is destroyed just to extract the oil, and the way it is done is horrific for nature.”
“The deposit, from what I’ve read, started about 20 years ago, and I think the prime minister said that no other country would find these resources and would not accept them,” Vettel said. “I think every country and everyone has their opinions, my country is that I don’t agree, there is a science of fossil fuels, and in the age we are in, that shouldn’t be allowed anymore, it shouldn’t happen.”
“This is just a small gesture, a special helmet for the weekend, and I think it’s only fair to think of future generations, and the world we leave in their hands when they grow up that they can take care of, not destroy.”
For his part, Lewis Hamilton included a rainbow flag in support of the groups LGTBIQ + In the month of pride. The Briton from Mercedes also has hands that mimic a heart on top of the helmet, with the message “love is love(‘Amor es Amor’), the truth is that the seven-time world champion has always been very committed to this cause.
On the last dates of last season, he wore another design with a rainbow in the countries of the Middle East, where these groups are oppressed and have fewer rights, a small gesture that can help advance society.