Vettel created hotel for bees on day off

Date published: July 2 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel put his time between races in Austria to good use by helping to build a hotel for bees with local school children.

The four-time World Champion is a well-known advocate of environmental awareness, speaking in recent times about Formula 1’s need to stay relevant, while also inspiring a flypast in Bahrain powered by sustainable fuels after complaining about the trial runs during pre-season testing.

He also spent the first lockdown in 2020 completing an internship at an organic bio farm.

And Vettel’s latest project has been to help construct a hotel for bees close to the Red Bull Ring alongside local children, as part of his involvement in Frutura’s BioBienenApfel society project, which exists to create new habitats for bees.

“Sebastian had the idea of starting a creative hands-on competition together with the Styrian elementary schools in order to bring the children closer to the topic of species protection,” Vettel’s website stated.

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Vettel joined forces with the children to turn the winning design into a real bee hotel on Thursday, and upon returning to his duties with Aston Martin for the Austrian Grand Prix, he had a present for the members of the media, handing out packets off bee-friendly flower seeds.

“This morning was very exciting because I was out close to the track on a field and we installed a racing car – but a very unconventional racing car because it is a hotel for insects and bees,” said Vettel as he explained his project.

“I had a group of kids with me to build up the racing car. The idea behind it is to build up a little more space for insects, and in particular bees, to have more space where they can flourish and live.

“Hopefully there will be a lot of flowers growing in the future and a lot of bees coming to their new home – it will be free of charge!”

Vettel will be hoping to get the buzz back for his on-track racing car at the Austrian Grand Prix, having managed only a P12 finish in the AMR21 on the first Sunday in Austria.

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