F1’s addition of races in Saudi Arabia and Qatar has prompted renewed considerations about regimes with poor human rights data utilizing grand prix racing as a sportswashing train.
Nonetheless, F1 chiefs and the FIA have lengthy argued that sports activities ought to stay impartial, and that racing in locations like that may have a optimistic by highlighting potential points.
However Vettel thinks there comes some extent the place the game has to decide on morality grounds, and never simply because it desires to attempt to improve earnings.
Talking to chose media, together with Motorsport.com, in a wide-racing interview on human rights, sustainability and tolerance, Vettel mentioned that earnings shouldn’t be the only real think about deciding the place sports activities occasions are hosted.
“I feel the difficulty is that finally a sport, and it is the identical as a rustic, is ruled by particular person folks,” he mentioned.
“Particular person folks have particular person opinions, and backgrounds, no matter, so it’s after all tough.
“However we now have to seek out the right folks to kind of govern our sport, after which apply the proper path going ahead.
“There’s extra than simply that curiosity, there’s clearly big monetary curiosity, in going ahead. However I feel sooner or later it’s worthwhile to ask your query, and folks in cost must ask themselves the query: do you’ve gotten an ethical?
“Do you due to this fact say no to sure issues? Or do you simply say ‘sure’ to any massive deal that is across the nook, however for the unsuitable causes?
“I feel that is the larger image stuff that folks in cost finally must ask themselves.”
Vettel has been a robust campaigner this yr on various points, together with the setting and highlighting LGBT rights.
And whereas F1 has made quite a lot of its #weraceasone marketing campaign, Vettel believes that the game must put actions behind its phrases, and do greater than a easy ceremony earlier than each race.
“I feel there are specific subjects which can be too massive to neglect,” he mentioned. “I feel all of us agree that – and this does not matter the place you come from – it is solely truthful to deal with folks equally.
“I feel there are clearly international locations which have completely different guidelines in place, completely different governments, completely different backgrounds.
“Now, I can not converse for all of the international locations and be an knowledgeable, as a result of I do not know. However clearly there’s sure features in sure international locations that I feel I learn about.
“We go to a few of these locations, and we roll out an enormous carpet with good messages on it. However I feel it takes extra than simply phrases, I feel it takes actions.”
Requested if F1 needs to be extra militant, Vettel mentioned: “I do not know what precisely is one of the best ways to not simply talk on a flag that lies on the monitor for a few minutes.
“However actually I really feel that our sport may apply quite a lot of strain and may very well be of immense assist to unfold that equity across the globe much more.
“As a result of ultimately, I feel it isn’t proper to evaluate folks or to use sure legal guidelines and to distinguish folks simply because they occur to like a person as a substitute of a lady or a lady as a substitute of a person.
“I feel any type of separation is unsuitable. Think about we’d all be the identical, I feel we would not progress.
“I imply, think about all of the vehicles would look the identical in Formulation 1. It might be boring: not simply the identical color, but additionally the identical aero bits. Now going extra into our language, it could be completely boring, we’d by no means make progress.
“And the identical goes for us. I feel we now have developed a lot as human species, as a result of we’re all completely different in a manner, and I feel we should always have a good time the distinction, slightly than be afraid of it.”