Sebastian Vettel continues to be a stringent ambassador for the environment and his latest biodiversity campaign, Buzzin’ Corner, was launched today at Suzuka.
Turn 2 of the circuit, which Vettel called his “favourite” in a video uploaded onto his Instagram account earlier today, is sporting yellow and black kerbs to commemorate the new venture, which seeks to create biodiverse habitats and promote biodiversity as a whole.
Along with the freshly painted kerbing, the infield at Turn 2 of Suzuka is now home to 11 insect hotels, installed with Vettel’s help, that will be home to bees and other insects.
Buzzin’ Corner may be making its debut in Suzuka, but the project that has stated its claim to be ‘racing for biodiversity,’ seeks to install more habitats for insect wildlife on tracks across the globe.
Vettel has invited Formula 1 Team Principals and drivers to visit the Buzzin’ Corner on Thursday at 1600 local time, for a special activation event.
Members of the public will be able to celebrate the Buzzin’ Corner initiative via limited edition T-shirts and Hoodies as well.
“We all know one insect is very famous, and it’s the bee,” Vettel said in a video uploaded to Instagram. “The bee is yellow and black, and it’s the perfect ambassador for us around this project.
“The idea is to highlight the importance of biodiversity because it stands not just for the bee but for all the other insects.
“So, we sort of use the bee as our ambassador, and she will help us to hopefully stress this very powerful message back there.
“It is nice to be back in Suzuka and hopefully this is just the beginning of an initiative and projects around the world leading to more yellow and black kerbs at racetracks and more habitat and space for insects.”
“We have to celebrate variety, not just in human beings but also in nature, and we have to protect it.
“That’s really close to my heart and that’s what I want to stress here and raise awareness now.”
In the latter stages of his career, Vettel became a vocal supporter of a wide range of societal and environmental issues, often sporting special tribute helmets or T-shirts during F1 grand prix weekends.
From supporting LGBTQ+ rights to raising awareness of rising sea levels in Miami and launching his sustainable Race Without Trace fuel initiative, Vettel has ensured his legacy is reaching beyond his staggering on-track achievements.
Suzuka isn’t the first place to get on board with Vettel’s vision for a better world. Last year in Austin, Texas, the Circuit of the Americas had a small woodland of 296 trees planted at the perimeter of the circuit in the German’s honour, named Vettel Grove.