It is a real snub to the Hungarian government which voted on June 15 a law "aimed at prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality or sex reassignment among minors".
A text that is actually discriminatory, which stigmatizes LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bi, trans).
This Sunday, on the starting line of the Hungarian Grand Prix, 12th stage of the Formula 1 World Championship, Sebastian Vettel dressed in a T-shirt and wore a rainbow-colored mask to denounce these new legal provisions, which entered into force on July 8 on Hungarian territory.
On this outfit, a message was written in black "same love".
If Vettel wins, I want him on the podium like that!
# F1 #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/dLsFB8t0sR
- Gaël A. ✍ (@paddock_inside) August 1, 2021
This strong gesture did not go unnoticed ... And did not please the authorities of Formula 1. A few hours after the end of the Grand Prix where he finished second, behind the French Esteban Ocon, the Aston Martin driver received a reprimand from the FIA (the International Automobile Federation) for not having taken off his T-shirt before the Hungarian anthem was broadcast on the track of the Hungaroring. Sebastian Vettel, quadruple world champion, also wore multicolored shoes on Thursday on the circuit. At the microphone of Sky Sports, he assured that he was ready to start again, even if it means being disqualified.
Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll also received a warning for not removing their “We Race As One” t-shirts early enough.
A now traditional moment before each Grand Prix start where the drivers can support the causes that are dear to them.
Reprimand for Seb because "he forgot to take off his WRAO t-shirt in time during the national anthem because of the onset of rain" ... #HungarianGP 🇭🇺 #Vettel pic.twitter.com/3XpU4fEyE4
- Sebastian Vettel # 5 (@sebvettelnews) August 1, 2021
On the eve of this Hungarian meeting, another stance had made people talk, that of Lewis Hamilton who had deemed "unacceptable, cowardly and misguided" this anti LGBT law. What had earned him to be reframed by the Hungarian Minister of Justice who had affirmed shortly after her statement that this text only "gave Hungarian parents the means to protect their children against LGBT indoctrination". Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced the holding of a referendum on this law, violently denounced by the European Commission, which has launched an infringement procedure to try to have it annulled.