Motorsport: Motor racing-F1 would welcome an openly gay driver, says Vettel

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One would now welcome its first openly gay driver, based on Germany’s 4 instances world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The championship, which began in 1950, has had solely male drivers on the beginning grid since 1976 however has made a push for variety and inclusion with groups displaying help for the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Aston Martin driver Vettel final yr wore a rainbow-coloured T shirt in Hungary with the message ‘identical love’ to protest anti-LGBTQ+ laws.

The 34-year-old father of three has additionally competed with Racing Pride logos on his automotive.

“Perhaps it wouldn’t have been the case previously, however now I feel a gay Formula One driver would be welcomed, and rightly so,” Vettel mentioned in an interview with LGBTQ journal Attitude that featured him on its cowl.

“I really feel {that a} gay driver would assist to hurry up the elimination of prejudice and assist push our sport in a greater path. So I feel and hope our sport would be prepared for one.”

The former Red Bull and Ferrari driver mentioned he had observed attitudes altering, with some engineers and mechanics in a position to be extra open.

Formula One champions Mercedes introduced on Wednesday they are going to be racing with a rainbow star on their vehicles for the three grands prix in June, Pride Month, as a gesture of public help.

Seven instances world champion Lewis Hamilton and workforce mate George Russell may also have the ‘Pride Star’ on their helmets in Azerbaijan, Canada and Britain.

Vettel in contrast the state of affairs to skilled soccer and “the outdated picture of a participant or driver as a ‘hero’ who ought to match a sure set of standards.

“But the judging standards are simply incorrect. How are these stereotypes in any approach associated to efficiency? Who bought to resolve?,” he requested.

“It takes huge braveness to point out your actual self somewhat than hiding behind a façade primarily based on what folks anticipate.”

Blackpool ahead Jake Daniels final month turned the primary energetic male skilled participant in English soccer in 32 years to announce he’s gay.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Toby Davis)

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