Formula One would accept a hired gay driver, says Vettel

Formula 1, which debuted in 1950, had only male drivers on the starting grid since 1976, but began to strive for acceptance of diversity and inclusion, with teams showing support for the LGBTQ community.

Last year, Aston Martin driver Vettel wore a rainbow-colored T-shirt in Hungary with the message “Same Love” to protest anti-LGBTQ + legislation.

The father of three, a 34-year-old German, also competed in Racing Pride logos on his car.

“It may not have been the case in the past, but now I think a gay Formula One driver would have been well received, and rightly so,” Vettel said in an interview with LGBTQ Attitude magazine, which featured him on its cover. .

“I believe that a gay driver would help speed up the elimination of prejudice and help push our sport in a better direction. So I believe and hope that our sport would be ready for such a driver. ”

The former Red Bull and Ferrari driver said he noticed a change in attitude, with some engineers and mechanics being more open.

Formula 1 champions Mercedes announced on Wednesday that they will compete with a rainbow star on their cars at the three grand prizes in June, Luna Pride, as a gesture of public support.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate George Russell will also have the “Pride Star” symbol on their headphones in Azerbaijan, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Vettel compared the situation to that of professional football and to the “old image of a player or a pilot as a” hero “who must meet a certain set of criteria.

“But the evaluation criteria are simply wrong. How can these stereotypes be linked in some way to performance? Who has to decide? “He asked.

“It takes a lot of courage to show your true personality, instead of hiding behind a facade based on what people expect.”

Blackpool striker Jake Daniels became the first active professional male footballer in English football in the last 32 years, announcing that he is gay.

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