Sebastian Vettel has been outspoken in recent years about ecological awareness, social justice and equality.
Given his illustrious F1 career and years of experience in the sport, he enjoys a position of considerable spotlight and many have enjoyed his activism.
However, it is not everyone’s cup of tea, with former driver Hans-Joachim Stuck far from impressed.
Stuck wants Vettel to show more focus on his day job rather than educate the world on the various problems that need to be addressed.
As far as matters on the circuit are concerned, Vettel has been handed a distinctly average Aston Martin car this year and has performed satisfactorily with 4 points finishes.
“He can drive a car and he belongs in Formula 1, there’s no discussion about that,” he said.
“And when he’s in the car, he can’t talk either.
“He still drives well, but otherwise he just talks nonsense.
“He is completely wrong in his statements, he should give gas and be quiet.
“I don’t know what he’s doing because he’s an intelligent young man, a good racing driver, but I don’t understand why he keeps up with these themes.”
Ferrari boss Binotto in a battle to save his job?
Ferrari, meanwhile had a bizarre outing during the British Grand Prix.
Although Carlos Sainz won his first ever F1 race, not all Ferrari members joined him in the celebrations on the podium.
This is believed to be due to the treatment of fellow driver Charles Leclerc, who was once again given controversial team orders which eventually saw him fall outside the podium positions.
In many ways, it was Leclerc’s race to lose and Ferrari almost single-handedly snatched victory away from him.
Stuck believes recent events have added a lot of pressure on Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto.
“I wonder how long Mattia Binotto will last at Ferrari,” Stuck said.
“After all, he is the leader and should be responsible for the decisions.
“On the other hand, there were always periods at Ferrari when mistakes like this were made.
“I’m happy for Carlos Sainz and his first victory, but poor Charles Leclerc must be getting sick of it by now, but this is Ferrari.”
According to Stuck, there is still a fair way left with respect to the title battle.
“There is still plenty of time for them to work on it; they still have what it takes to win the title,” he said.