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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Vettel is most 'outspoken' driver in F1 history

The seven-time World Champion has heaped praise on the four-time one as he launches his 'Buzzing Corner' initiative at Suzuka.

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Lewis Hamilton has praised Sebastian Vettel as the most "outspoken" driver in the "little world" of Formula 1.

Vettel retired at the end of 2022 to not only spend more time with his family but because of his environmental concerns, and has been vocal on the threat to eco-systems and wildlife caused by climate change and global warming.

In addition to this, Vettel is also a fierce protector of human rights, including receiving a reprimand for wearing a LGBT shirt during the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix in protest against Prime Minister Victor Orban's anti-LGBT policies.

Hamilton is the other driver at the heart of F1's recent push for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and has heaped praise on Vettel's attitude.

Hamilton praises Vettel

"Firstly, to have Seb back this weekend. He sat down and told all the drivers of his plans, it was great to see that he's found his purpose," Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.

"To be honest - in the history of the sport, I don't know any other driver that's ever been so outspoken and showing real compassion for the world outside of this little world that we're living in.

"It's really great that he's utilising his platform. I always just hope that with the things that he's doing, for example, he inspires the other drivers to do something along, maybe, in their own lane.

"But we all need to come together in this world to have a positive impact, to spread love, to spread compassion, to raise awareness for a lot of the problems there are, and obviously there are millions of problems that we need to address.

"Biodiversity for sure - when he's working with the bees here, raising awareness this weekend I think is a great, great way - sparks a bit of interest and raise awareness for people to understand exactly what and how important they are in terms of our ecosystem."

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