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Like many of us during the 2020 lockdown, Sebastian Vettel found he had some spare time on his hands, and instead of baking banana bread and googling Joe Wicks videos, he underwent an internship at a bio-farm instead.
Formula One was delayed in March after the Australian Grand Prix was abandoned, with Vettel switching a steering wheel for a spade.
The four-time world champion got involved with BioBienenApfel, a company that aims to raise awareness for creating safe habitats for bees, and spoke at a recent event in Vienna as one of their brand ambassadors.
Vettel is one of the most successful drivers in Formula One history, winning back to back titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, with 53 race wins to his name.
Speaking at the event, the 33-year-old said: “I support the ‘BioBienenApfel’ project because I am convinced that everyone can make a contribution.
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“We have to step up a gear for the bees. New direction: flower meadow.
“Enjoy like a world champion – we can do that thanks to the bees. Without them, of course, there would be no apple in our country.
“They ensure pure enjoyment.”
He joins Lewis Hamilton in his mission to reduce Formula One’s negative impact on the world and to raise awareness on environmental issues.
And since then has even taken up a course on agriculture and farming, where he started practicing it in his own space outside his home in Switzerland.
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“It was the first lockdown last year and since I had more time available than planned, I thought about what I could do and what I was interested in,” Vettel continued.
“The topic of agriculture and farming interests me.
“I became interested about it as an athlete through nutrition. What can you do to eat healthier and squeeze more performance out of your body? You ask questions and eventually you realise that not every vegetable is the same, not every apple contains the same nutrients.
“So I took the chance last year to learn more about this topic and I found it very exciting to learn it in practice and to talk to people who deal with it every day. It was definitely very interesting.”
Formula One next heads to Imola with Sebastian Vettel looking to put his Bahrain woes behind him for round two.
He was on the backfoot coming into the race after receiving a grid-penalty and three penalty points for failing to slow for yellow flags during qualifying, demoting the 33-year-old to the back of the grid.
After a relatively good start to the race, Vettel then tangled with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon for which he earned a 10-second penalty for causing a collision, dropping the four-time world champion to P15, behind his team-mate Lance Stroll.
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