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Sebastian Vettel Hopes for More “Transparency” Over Red Bull Drama

“It’s always difficult if you read one thing, then another thing and then the opposite. Now, things are going round in circles," Vettel said. ...

Despite achieving spectacular results on the track, all the talk surrounding Red Bull refers in some way to the misconduct allegations against team principal, Christian Horner. These allegations have been investigated and dismissed by an independent third-party, but the press and public have been left in the dark about any details. This is something that four-time World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, believes is regrettable and distracts from his former team’s recent achievements.

“Obviously, there’s been a lot of talk since the beginning of the year,” Vettel told Sky. “I think with these things, it’s always difficult to know everything. It would be nice if there was simply more transparency so that you really could have more of an opinion.

“It’s always difficult if you read one thing, then another thing and then the opposite. Now, things are going round in circles. The shame is that obviously Max [Verstappen] is doing a great job. The team, a lot of individuals that I remember from my time there, are doing a great job in the background and that’s sort of forgotten when the subject hovers around something else.”

Vettel isn’t alone in this opinion with fellow World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, saying in February that, “We always have to do more to try to make the sport and the environment people work in feel safe and inclusive.” Now with a woman accusing a team principal of misconduct, Hamilton said it was important that “we stand true to our values.” The lack of transparency forces questions about Formula 1’s values and its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.  

It isn’t all doom and gloom however, with Vettel adding that since he had started his career in Formula 1 there are now far more women involved, both as fans and within the paddock. Though things are far from perfect.

“F1 is changing but it’s an old-fashioned business in many ways,” he said. “First of all, there weren’t many [women], but the numbers were going up.

“[From] when I started [to] when I left, there was a lot more women in the paddock and a lot more women not just following the sport but also working in the sport. So I think there’s a positive change. But I think, really like everywhere else, there’s still room for improvement.”

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