The curbs of Suzuka’s turn 2 will be painted in black and yellow for the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix, in support of Sebastian Vettel’s latest biodiversity project.
The four-time world champion flew to Japan to contribute to the launch of the “Buzzin’ Corner” campaign, as part of his ongoing commitment to biodiversity awareness.
In addition to repainting the turn 2 curbs with bee-themed colors to show support for Vettel’s project, Suzuka has helped build 11 insect hotels located within the track’s first section.
Speaking in an Instagram post on his channel on Wednesday, the former Ferrari driver mentioned that the choice of colors for his project was deliberate, as the bee is an excellent icon for public awareness.
“We all know one insect that is very famous, and that’s the bee,” he said. “The bee is yellow and black, and it’s the perfect ambassador for this project.”
“The idea is to underline the importance of biodiversity because it’s not just about the bee, but all the other insects as well. So, we use the bee as an ambassador, and it will help us emphasize this very strong message.” – the ex-Ferrari man pointed out.
Sebastian Vettel has invited all F1 drivers and team principals to a special presentation of the project, which will take place at Suzuka on Thursday afternoon.
After spending the past few days assisting in the construction of insect hotels, Sebastian Vettel stated, “It’s very exciting, and the project has taken a lot of work and passion, and it’s great to have all of you on board.”
“It’s nice to be back at Suzuka, and we hope this is just the beginning of an initiative and projects worldwide that will lead to more yellow and black curbs on circuits and more habitat and space for insects.”
He added, “We need to celebrate diversity, not just in humans but also in nature, and we need to protect it. This is very dear to me, and it’s what I want to highlight and raise awareness about now.”
Sebastian Vettel retired from Formula 1 at the end of last year, dedicating his final years in F1 to environmental awareness.