F1 news - Sebastian Vettel: Aston Martin driver explains reasons behind Pride shirt at Hungarian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel showed he was an LGBTQ+ ally by wearing a Pride T-shirt ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix at the start of August. Vettel used the pre-race ceremony as an opportunity to protest against the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation brought in by the Hungarian government which bans the depiction of homosexuality to under-18s.
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) - GP of Hungary 2021
Sebastian Vettel says he "wanted to send a message" after wearing a Pride shirt in protest against anti-LGBTQ+ legislation brought in by Hungary's government ahead of the Grand Prix at Hungaroring last month.
The German wore the T-shirt in the pre-race national anthem ceremony. The 34-year-old said he was "proud" to support the LGBTQ+ community.
"I wasn't nervous or embarrassed by the rainbow colours, or of what people think," Vettel told the BBC.
The German driver had a rainbow up the side of his trainers, on his helmet and a Pride-coloured face mask as he walked around the track.
His T-shirt had the words 'Same Love' emblazoned across the front, which he says was inspired by a song released by American hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2012.
The helmet of Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team is pictured in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 01, 2021 in Budapest,
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"It's the name of a beautiful song by Macklemore," Vettel added.
"I think it explains in a nice way some of the wrong perceptions people have.
It doesn't matter your skin colour, it doesn't matter your background, it doesn't matter where you come from, it doesn't matter who you fall in love with. In the end, you just want equal treatment for everybody.