Vettel displays his 'pride' colors in Hungary

 

Sebastian Vettel is showing his support this weekend in Hungary for the country's LGBTQ+ community, sporting a special helmet livery that prominently features its 'pride' colors.

Hungary has come under fire by the international community following the recent introduction of a new law banning the representation of homosexuality and transgender individuals in schools and entertainment programs destined to under 18-year-olds.

Lewis Hamilton spoke out on the issue ahead of this weekend's event, calling the Hungarian government's stance "unacceptable and cowardly".

But the seven-time world champion isn't the only F1 driver to voice his concerns, with Vettel marching into the Budapest paddock wearing a pair of trainers emblazoned with a pride rainbow, and his helmet is a variation on the same theme.

โ€œEveryone is free to do what they want, and exactly that I guess is the point,โ€ Vettel said. โ€œI find it embarrassing for a country who is in the European Union having to vote, having some laws like this as part of their [legislation].

โ€œI just think weโ€™ve had so many opportunities to learn in the past, and I canโ€™t understand why you are struggling to see that everybody should be free to do what they like, love who they like. Itโ€™s along the lines of live and let live.

โ€œSo itโ€™s obviously not for us to make the law, and thatโ€™s not our role. But I think just to express the support for those who are affected by it [is].โ€