F1 Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen: ‘I like to eat burgers’
Lewis Hamilton’s vegan restaurant, save-the-planet proclamation is talk of the Formula 1 paddock
Two of five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton’s rivals have questioned the environmental message about saving the planet and going vegan.
Hamilton fired up the F1 paddock between the Japanese and Mexican Grands Prix when he said veganism is the “only way to truly save our planet.”
“Everyone tries to do their thing to help,” said Toro Rosso driver and 2007 F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen when asked about Hamilton’s comments. “But I guess as Formula 1 drivers, our starting point is not the best. I mean, we’re here, burning fuel—and why? To decide who is first, second and third.
“It’s a serious issue, but I’m not sure we are the right ones, because if we were consistent then we would have to stay at home,” the 40-year-old driver added. “Anyway, I think it’s strange to talk about this issue on a race weekend.”
Then there is Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen.
“I like to burn fuel,” Verstappen, 22, said. “Can I say that? I don’t like electric motors. Caring for the environment is very important, but Formula 1 has existed for many years, and it should continue.
“If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.”
Verstappen also rejected Hamilton’s claim that everyone should become vegan.
“I saw a documentary about athletes benefiting from that diet, but I think that’s not too relevant for Formula 1,” Verstappen said. “We are not cyclists or marathon runners.
“And I like to eat burgers.”
Asked if he had tried one of the vegan burgers sold by Lewis Hamilton’s new restaurant in London, Verstappen insisted: “I love real meat! Everyone is free to choose what they want or need to do, so no—I’m not going to become a vegan.”