Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel is unhappy with F1’s approach towards mental health, saying that the sport can do better.
F1 drivers have been speaking on mental health issues recently. It is a very important matter in today’s times, and it is great to see famous athletes speak on the issue.
F1 has been vocal in addressing issues like Black Lives Matter. However, the four-time world champion feels one issue they don’t address very well is the state of the mind.
Vettel revealed that he was unhappy with F1’s approach towards mental health, saying that there is much work to be done.
“I think mental health is just as important, if not more important, than physical health,” the German said, as quoted by Planet F1.
“If you break your leg or feel pain in your body, then we all see it as advisable to see a doctor for help, but we don’t think so when it comes to mental health.
“I think there is still some catching up to do.”
McLaren driver Lando Norris also spoke about mental health, and recalled his personal struggles with it.
“Especially at my age, coming into Formula 1 at 19, there’s a lot of eyes on you,” he said.
“Dealing with all these kinds of things took its toll on me, feeling like ‘I don’t know what’s next, if I don’t go out in the next session and perform, what will happen, what’s the outcome of all this? Will I be in Formula 1 next year? If I’m not, what will I do because I’m not really good at many other things in life’.
“All of that and just feeling depressed a lot of the time.
“If I have a bad weekend, thinking I’m not good enough and things like that – when they start adding up over the season, and you have the social media side of it all, that can really start to hurt you.”