Sebastian Vettel organised a female-only karting race
Seb, you couldn't be more wholesome 💚
Ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix at Saudi Arabia, Sebastian Vettel held an all-women karting race. The four-time world champion organised a women’s only karting event in Saudi Arabia. He hired a local karting track and invited female drivers to learn from his experience and share their stories. Women have been allowed to drive only since 2017 in Saudi Arabia.
"I was trying to pass on some of my experiences in life and on track to do something together to grow their confidence," Vettel said. Obviously in Saudi Arabia women have only been allowed since 2017 to drive a car so some of them had a license others they did not, some of them were huge F1 enthusiasts, others had nothing to do with F1 or racing before today. So it was a good mix of women from different backgrounds and a great event, everyone was extremely happy.
"I have to say I was inspired by their stories and their background and the positivity about the change in the country.
"It is true that if we look through a Western or European lens that there are still lots of things that should be improved and have to be addressed. But it is also true that some things are changing and for those people it makes a huge difference.
"At the end, it is very difficult for us coming to a country where we only spend a couple of days and we try to be a perfect judge, but not knowing the background exactly and the people inside out.
"But this way I think it was important for me to get to know these women. I think it was a very memorable and inspiring day and great way to kick off the weekend. As I said, focusing on the positive."