Lewis Hamilton says he's proud of the work Sebastian Vettel is doing in raising awareness on a variety of issues, including climate change and the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
Vettel hasn't been shy when it comes to supporting causes he's passionate about. The German wore a rainbow-coloured t-shirt with the slogan 'same love' during the We Race As One ceremony in Hungary in response to the country's anti-LGBTQ law, which bans the depiction of homosexuality to under-18s. He also wore a rainbow-coloured helmet, along with shoes that featured a rainbow flag.
However, Vettel's efforts don't end there, as he's doing his part to help the environment, running a campaign for sustainable water sourcing on behalf of Aston Martin sponsor BWT on his helmet this season. He also took to the grandstands following the British Grand Prix to help with the removal of rubbish.
Although the two drivers have been championship rivals in the past, Hamilton, who is leading the push for greater equality in motorsport, said he's proud of Vettel's actions.
"I've been incredibly proud of Sebastian for doing him," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "He's discovered things that he's passionate about and speaking about them, and he's not shying away from it.
"With the older generation, when we get to our age, we have more empathy. He's got a family, he's thinking about the future of his kids and the planet.
"He's obviously trying to be a beacon of light for those kids and for the kids that support him. We speak often, and we talk on these topics."
Hamilton says that while there are currently no plans for the duo to work together on a specific issue, that could change given they regularly talk on race weekends.
"We don't have any plans of doing anything in future, but if there is a specific issue, on a weekend, we discuss it, and we support each other," Hamilton concluded.