Sebastian Vettel’s bizarre new hobby as F1 legend spotted building ‘insect hotels’ at Suzuka for Japanese GP

SEBASTIAN VETTEL has found himself a bizarre new hobby of building “insect hotels” at the Suzuka Circuit ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The former Formula One driver has helped build 11 of the insect hotels on Turn Two at Suzuka as part of a campaign to raise awareness for biodiversity.

GettySebastian Vettel has been building “insect hotels” at Suzuka Circuit[/caption]

GettyHe is doing it as part of a new campaign for biodiversity[/caption]

GettyThe structures offer a place for insects such as bees to take refuge[/caption]

The campaign, named Buzzin’ Corner, hasn’t just seen the construction of the hotels where insects can seek refuge, but has also given the track a new look.

The kerbs on the inside of the corner on Turn Two have been painted in black and yellow stripes to look like a bee.

The bug-filled hub was also the meeting place for a special launch event where Vettel invited drivers and bosses from different F1 teams to see the work that had been carried out.

The four-time world champion explained the exciting project in a video on his Instagram.

He said: “I am very very excited. We are launching a new project and It’s called Buzzin’ Corner.

“There’s one special thing about this corner this weekend, the kerbs are painted in yellow and black,

“That’s unique because all the other kerbs, for example at the entrance of the corner, are painted in white and red.”

He went on to explain what the project represents, saying: “I want to with this project create awareness around the importance of and the subject of biodiversity.”


EPAThe campaign is situated on Turn Two and has been named “Buzzin’ Corner”[/caption]

GettyVettel and his team have been kept busy building the “insect hotels”[/caption]

GettyHe is hoping the building in Japan is just the start of a much wider project[/caption]

The former Ferrari and Red Bull driver also added: “Hopefully this is just the beginning of initiatives and projects around the world, leading to more yellow and black kerbs at racetracks,

“And more habitats and spaces for insects and standing up for biodiversity.

“We have to celebrate variety not just in human beings, but also in nature and [we] have to protect it,

“And that’s really close to my heart and that’s what I want to stress here and raise awareness for.”

The Japanese Grand Prix takes place this Sunday with racing fans hoping the action will live up to the heights of last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

GettyVettel said the cause is very close to his heart[/caption]

EPADifferent drivers attended the corner to see the initiative[/caption]

GettyThe kerb at Turn Two has been painted yellow and black like a bee to help raise more awareness for biodiversity[/caption]

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