Sebastian Vettel claims Formula 1 will ‘DISAPPEAR’ if it doesn’t adopt a greener stance
Sebastian Vettel claims Formula 1 will ‘DISAPPEAR’ if it doesn’t become more environmentally friendly, with the four-time world champion insisting the sport has ‘no time’ to keep making ‘mistakes’
- F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has labeled current F1 engines as ‘useless’
- The four-time champion says the sport could disappear if it doesn’t go green
- Vettel, who races for Aston Martin, says F1 must stop making mistakes
- The Aston Martin driver is a well-known advocate for environmental awareness
Sebastian Vettel has warned that Formula 1 will ‘disappear’ if the sport does not make relevant environmentally friendly changes in the future.
The four-time world champion hopes and urges the sport to make changes to improve sustainability, such as implementing greener engines.
Vettel, who now races for Aston Martin, says it would be good if F1 were gone in the future, if the series continued to make ‘mistakes’.
Sebastian Vettel fears F1 could disappear if the sport doesn’t take a greener stance
When asked if he understands the criticism he has received for his environmental beliefs despite driving in F1, he told Motorsport Total: “Sure, and I think it’s fair because Formula 1 is not green.
“I think we live in a time where we have innovations and opportunities to make Formula 1 green too, without losing any of the spectacle, the excitement, the speed, the challenge and the passion.
‘If anything, we have so many smart people and engineering power here that we can come up with solutions. But the current regulations, I find them very exciting, the (hybrid) engine is super efficient, but it’s useless.’
Aston Martin driver described current hybrid engines as ‘useless’
Vettel also says the sport has ‘no time’ to continue making ‘mistakes’ with its future direction
He continues: ‘It will not be a motorcycle formula that you buy on the road in two years’ time if you decide to buy a new car, for example.
‘Therefore, you may ask, what is the relevance? I think there are certain things that people are talking about for the future of the sport in terms of regulation, which could shift the change towards more relevant changes.
“And I feel that if they come, that’s a good thing for Formula 1, and it’s also vital.
“But if they don’t come, I guess I’m not so optimistic. If they don’t come, I think Formula 1 will disappear. And probably rightly so.
“We’re at the stage where we know we’ve made mistakes, and we don’t have time to keep making mistakes.”
Vettel is a well-known advocate for environmental awareness, staying behind after British GP to clean up litter left by fans
Vettel hopes the sport can implement greener engines for future seasons
Vettel is a well-known advocate in the F1 paddock for environmental awareness, speaking on numerous occasions about the sport’s need to stay relevant.
He inspired a flypast powered by sustainable fuels for the Bahrain Grand Prix after complaining about test flights conducted during the pre-season winter tests in the country.
The German also stayed behind after the British Grand Prix to clean up the mess fans had left behind on a weekend where 140,000 fans gathered at Silverstone.
Vettel has had a mixed season in his first year with Aston Martin, having spent the last six campaigns at Ferrari.
The 34-year-old scored the team’s first podium under the Aston Martin name at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but was disqualified from the race in Hungary, where he finished second. He is 12th in the standings on 35 points.
Vettel is one of the most successful drivers in the sport, winning four titles between 2010 and 2013.