Vettel feels some of F1’s income is ‘not very pure’

Finley Crebolder
Sebastian Vettel with a mask on. Austin October 2021

Sebastian Vettel with a mask on at the Circuit of The Americas. Austin October 2021

Discussing certain nations the sport races in, Sebastian Vettel says some of the money Formula 1 receives is “not very pure”.

In the coming weeks, F1 will race in both Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the first time, which has led to the sport receiving criticism given the human rights issues in both nations.

Vettel is becoming more and more outspoken in his own beliefs on such issues in places where races are held, wearing rainbow clothing to show his support for LGBTQ rights at the Hungarian Grand Prix this year.

While he understands the financial incentive, the German feels it isn’t “pure” money and would like morals to be a bigger factor in the future.

“There’s a lot of countries where we go to and a lot of money, in a way, that we receive that maybe it’s not very pure,” he said in an interview with the New York Times, as quoted by GPFans.

“It’s a difficult thing to get into, obviously. Some countries are better off than others in this respect.

“I think, in a way, it’s wrong we go to certain places because then if you had morale, then you would just say no.

“But obviously, financially, I can see there’s a huge incentive for Formula 1 as a business to go there.”

Even as one of the biggest names in the sport, Vettel ultimately has little say in which countries F1 will race in, and the same can be said for the majority of members of the paddock.

The Aston Martin feels the sport is putting all staff members in a difficult position and has called for it to be more responsible in its choices.

“Where does it leave the mechanics, the engineers, the drivers?” he asked.


“Where does it leave the people employed by a team to do a job that they willingly do, and it’s not their choice or their decision where to practice that job? I think it’s a difficult one.

“As a broader organisation, I think it’s to do with the responsibility that we have to, overall, just grow in awareness and consciousness that we have a responsibility with our actions.

“Whether that is hosting a Formula 1 event, whether that is running a company, whether that is selling a product.

“I think we need to start facing more the consequences of our actions and take on that responsibility.”