Vettel shoves F1 bosses again with political message in free practice in Baku

The German pilot’s t-shirt bore the words “friends” and “peace” in Russian, along with a depiction of two clasped hands. Vettel also wore wrist bands, in the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine.

Sebastian Vettel has already spoken openly on several occasions in recent weeks against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic in which Russian was, until 1991, an official language in the same way as Azeri. Russian is still taught in schools today.

The Aston Martin driver is known for drawing attention to different environmental, political or diversity issues during recent races. FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said last month that the sport was becoming “too political”, but he appeared to backtrack on his remarks this week, on Twitter.

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