When the first Covid-19 outbreak hit the world and governments all around the globe decided to impose severe restrictions and lockdowns, many of us found ourselves exploring new passions and hobbies.
But how does a four-time World Champion spend his quarantine?
While most F1 drivers opted to keep themselves busy with some kind of sport-related pastimes, with the likes of Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, George Russell and Alexander Albon all engaging with Esports and competing in virtual Gran Prixes; Sebastian Vettel revealed that after the pandemic forced Formula 1 to postpone the start of the 2020 campaign, he opted to complete an internship to deepen his knowledge on organic farming and learn more about agriculture.
Former Ferrari-driver is known for always keeping a fairly low profile, he does not have any account on social media, he loves writing letters and riding his bike; he always describes himself as being a bit ‘old-fashioned. Thus, he decided to make the most out of the unexpected four-months break from racing to enrich his education.
Vettel previously spoke about his interest in nature and farming, he’s conscious about sustainability and was unveiled as an ambassador for BioBienenApfel, an initiative that aims to protect habitats for insects.
"Since I had more time than I had actually planned, I thought about what I could do and what interested me," Vettel revealed, explaining that he moved to learn more practical farming skills.
"That's what interests me. At some point, you realise that not every vegetable is the same, not every apple has the same nutrients, and then you ask why.
His interest in farming and agriculture has also a sweeter origin – Aston Martin’s driver explained how he wanted to plant a meadow for his young daughters at their home in Switzerland and shape it as a love heart. "
Since I didn't want to settle for a small heart, I then staked out the heart a bit bigger," Vettel said.
"The girls were there at the beginning, but then I was alone with the spade and that was very exhausting.
"Last year, a little bit came up, but I'm looking forward to seeing more sprouts this year."
In the history of Formula One, other drivers showed an interest in organic farming and cultivation. For example, 1979 World Champion Jody Scheckter owned a biodynamic farm in the UK for almost 15 years.
However, when asked about it, Vettel jokingly dismissed the idea of having a second career in farming, saying it is "still far away, of course".