After the COVID-19 pandemic forced a four-month delay before the start of the 2020 season, F1 drivers had to deal with outside prosecutions.
Most have chosen to continue to be involved in motorsport by engaging in esports, with figures like Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, George Russell and Alexander Albon all participating in virtual racing events.
But then Ferrari driver Vettel kept a low profile thanks to the lockdown and has now revealed that he interned in organic farming to learn more about farming.
Vettel has previously spoken of his interest in nature and agriculture, and has been unveiled as an ambassador of the BioBienenApfel initiative this week that aims to protect insect habitats.
“As I had more time than I expected, I thought about what I could do and what interested me,” explained the Aston Martin Vettel driver, revealing that he had moved to learn skills. agricultural more practical.
“That’s what interests me. At some point, you realize that not all vegetables are the same, that not all apples have the same nutrients, and then you wonder why.
“Then you realize very quickly where the apple comes from and how it’s grown – and that’s how the doors opened for me.
“The theory interests me and I read a lot about it. But to learn more about the practical side and to talk to the people who deal with it on a daily basis, it was very interesting.”
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, walks away after a pit stop
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Vettel explained how he wanted to plant a meadow for his young daughters at their home in Switzerland in the form of a love heart.
“Since I didn’t want to settle for a small heart, I staked the heart a little bigger,” said Vettel.
“The girls were there at first, but then I was alone with the spade and it was very exhausting.
“Last year a bit came, but I can’t wait to see more shoots this year.”
Vettel is not the only F1 world champion to have shown an interest in organic farming and growing. 1979 World Champion Jody Scheckter has owned a biodynamic farm in the UK for almost 15 years.
But Vettel dismissed the idea that he would have a second career in farming, saying it was “still a long way off, of course.”