Aston Martin superstar Sebastian Vettel showed off the pride symbol by donning a pair of trainers with a rainbow design ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.
Same-sex marriage is illegal in the Arab country, and any homosexual act can be punished by flogging or imprisonment, while capital punishment can also be used.
Aston Martin’s communications manager Matt Bishop hailed the German as ‘an LGBTQ+ ally’ as he shared the news on social media.
“I’ve just given Seb Vettel his pre-race media briefing,” wrote Bishop on Twitter. “He was wearing these again. What a guy!
“What an #LGBTQ+ ally! #WeRaceAsOne”
Vettel first wore the shoes ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix in July following the passing of a number of anti-LGBTQ+ laws in the country.
Vettel’s stance in Saudi Arabia comes as Amnesty UK's head of campaigns Felix Jakens called on the big names in F1 to speak out about sportswashing and the human rights issues present in the state.
"The Jeddah Grand Prix is yet another key moment in the Saudi authorities’ wider sportswashing effort," he said.
"It's important that the glamour of F1 is not allowed to divert attention from the plight of Saudi women's rights defenders who risk imprisonment for their work, nor from the struggles of Saudi LGTBI people who live in a country where same-sex relations are illegal and punishable by flogging or imprisonment.
"We're calling on Formula One – the drivers, their teams, senior executives – to be prepared to speak out about human rights in Saudi Arabia, helping to undo some of the intended sportswashing of this event."
Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton has joined Vettel in speaking out on cultural and social issues in the past, and the duo did not disappoint as they reiterated their stance on Thursday.
The seven-time world champion admitted he did not feel comfortable being in the country due to the oppressive laws present in the Middle Eastern nation.
"Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn't say I do," Hamilton told reporters in Jeddah.
"But it isn't my choice to be here, the sport has taken the choice to be here and whether it is right or wrong, while we are here I think it is important to raise awareness.
"I will wear [the 'Pride' helmet] again here and in the next race. If anyone wants to take time to read what the law is for the LGBTQ+ community, it is pretty terrifying."
Hamilton announced he will once again wear his helmet covered with rainbow colours in both Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi after rocking the design in Qatar two weeks ago.
The Brit is just eight points behind Max Verstappen in the championship standings ahead of the final two races which are believed to both favour the straight-line speed of Mercedes.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes still have an advantage by five points, despite Valtteri Bottas’ retirement in Qatar.
The two championships will therefore be decided in the final two races, with the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 5 followed by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on December 12.
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