December 3, 2023

F1 drivers join Vettel’s initiative to build insect habitats at tracks worldwide · RaceFans


Formula 1 drivers joined an initiative by Sebastian Vettel to build insect habitats at racing circuits around the world, starting at the scene of this weekend’s round at Suzuka.

The four-times world champion chose to launch his biodiversity initiative at Suzuka, his favourite circuit. Vettel won four times at the track during his career, including his first visit to it in 2009, and clinched his second world title there two years later.

This weekend Vettel has arranged for a group of ‘insect hotels’ to be set up at the inside of turn two. This is part of an initiative called Buzzin’ Corner which he plans to extend to other circuits around the world.

To draw attention to the scheme, the apex kerb at turn two has been repainted black and yellow. Drivers from all 10 teams and other F1 figures were invited to decorate the habitats.

Since retiring from F1 at the end of last year Vettel has used his fame to draw attention to environmental issues. He has appeared at the Nurburgring Nordschleife and Goodwood Festival of Speed driving sustainably-fuelled F1 cars.

Lewis Hamilton said no driver has done more than Vettel to use the success he’s enjoyed within the series to bring about positive change outside it.

“It’s great to have Seb back this weekend,” said Hamilton. “He sat down and told all the drivers of his plans. It was great to see that he’s found his purpose and to be honest, in the history of the sport, I don’t know any other driver who’s ever been so outspoken and showing real compassion for the world outside of this little world that we’re living in.

“It’s really great that he’s utilising his platform. I always just hope that with the things that he’s doing, for example, that he inspires the other drivers to do something, maybe in their own lane.”

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