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Vettel explains why he isn’t on social media

The Aston Martin driver says he's more interested in taking action rather than sending a message via social media.

Sebastian Vettel believes he does not need a social media platform to get any messages through to people across the world. Vettel is the only driver on the current Formula 1 grid who is not on social media and has previously stated that he has never tried it. "Social media is a great way to reach a lot of people," Vettel told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "But it depends on what you want to achieve; if you want to show off the socks you wear or if you want something more. "If I have an important message I don't think I need my own platform, the message still gets through. I'm interested in taking action." Vettel, who is 12th in the Drivers' Championship heading into next week’s Belgian Grand Prix, has shown his support for various issues recently including climate change and LGBTQ+ rights. At Silverstone, he picked up litter in the grandstands and criticised football’s governing body, UEFA, for forbidding a football stadium in Germany from being illuminated in the rainbow colours of the pride flag ahead of a Euro 2020 game between their national team and Hungary . At the Hungarian GP, Vettel wore a gay pride T-shirt during the pre-race national anthem ceremony. He was reprimanded, along with Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll, for not taking their 'We Race As One' shirts off in time for the national anthem. Vettel appreciates he's in a position to inspire people and is eager to use his status as a well-known sportsperson to create a better world. "F1 has this ability to communicate the right messages," he added. "I'm not saying F1 has to educate, because that would mean thinking it has the truth in its pocket. But it certainly has to say that we should all do our bit to solve problems, even huge ones like climate change. "We have to realise that there is no turning back. F1 cannot just be about fast cars and the best technology, it must not just talk, it must act fast. "I think I'm in a position where I can inspire people. Even if I could do it with just one, that would be enough. It wasn't a specific campaign, I did it for myself, and at the same time to give a signal."

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