Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner considers the hypocritical criticism of his former star driver Sebastian Vettel's climate commitment to be inappropriate.
"He's a big environmentalist now and he used the platform he has to do something good, I think you have to admire that, you really have to," said Red Bull team boss Horner (49). German press agency.
Vettel himself has critically questioned his dual role. "I can understand that," said the 35-year-old when someone described his position as a fuel burner and garbage collector on Grand Prix weekends as hypocritical.
"He's at odds with himself, but now he can fully commit to it. And I think he's passionate about what's close to his heart," said Horner, who played all World Cup games with Vettel between 2010 and 2013. Formula 1 title.
After the end of his career, the Briton wishes his former driver "that he is happy, that he is pursuing his dreams and that he will continue to make a difference."
The early years with the Heppenheimer still have something magical for the Red Bull official. "It was impossible to know where the journey would go. We knew that he was a very special driver and that he was a very special person, but we had no idea where our journey would go," said Horner.
"Of course there were some ups and downs, but we had an incredible time and a lot of fun along the way. And to win those four consecutive world championships was very special," said Horner.
Vettel ended his Formula 1 career after the season finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of November. In his 16 years, the Hessian competed in 299 Grand Prix, of which he won 53 and secured pole position 57 times.
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