The esteemed four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, has embarked on a journey to Japan to kick off his ‘Buzzin’ Corner’ campaign. The campaign forms part of his sustained effort to bring global attention to the dire need for biodiversity.
Lending their support to Vettel’s initiative, the Suzuka racetrack has taken distinctive steps. These include repainting the Turn 2 kerbs in bee colours, symbolically portraying their endorsement for Vettel’s plan. Furthermore, the track authorities have helped installed 11 insect hotels. These improvised nature havens will find their home in a specially earmarked area within the long first section of the track.
Explaining his choice of colour schemes for the project via an Instagram post, Vettel elucidated that the bee was an apt ambassador to enhance public consciousness. “We all recognize one insect that is very popular, and it’s the bee,” he declared, “The bee is yellow and black, and it’s the perfect spokesperson for us for this project.”
Vettel further elucidated that the bee served as a catalyst to spotlight the significance of biodiversity. He stressed, “Biodiversity doesn’t just encompass the bee but extends to all other insects. We, therefore, appoint the bee as our representative in a bid to convey this potent message.”
The champion racer has extended an invitation to the entire F1 fraternity. All F1 drivers and team bosses have been invited to grace the special launch of the project at Suzuka scheduled on Thursday afternoon.
Vettel, who has been hands-on with the preparation by actively participating in building insect hotels, expressed his enthusiasm about the project. He said, “It’s exhilarating, and a lot of dedication and love went into the venture, and it is fantastic to have you all join us.”
As he rejoiced in being back in Suzuka, Vettel shared his aspirational vision. He said, “I envisage this as the launch pad for similar initiatives and projects worldwide. This could lead to more race tracks around the globe featuring black and yellow kerbs and creating additional living spaces for insects.”
Expressing his profound concern for the conservation of nature, he continued, “We ought to celebrate diversity, not just among humans but also in nature, and safeguard it. This sentiment is immensely dear to me, and my goal here is to sensitize and raise awareness about it.”
Vettel bid adieu to his F1 career at the close of the previous year, a career path during which he was an avid advocate for environmental awareness.