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SEBASTIAN VETTEL calls for a more sustainable future in F1.

 

Sebastian Vettel has once again called on Formula One to do more to offset their carbon footprint on the world and be more environmentally friendly moving forward. The four-time world champion has passionately been pushing for a more sustainable sport after finding his voice in Formula One with his move to Aston Martin this season.

 

Over the past few years, Formula One has turned its huge engineering power to combat carbon emissions and become more sustainable in every aspect of the championship.

 

 

In 2019, F1 launched their first-ever sustainability strategy, with an ambitious target to be a net-zero carbon sport by 2030, have 100% renewably powered offices, facilities, and factories, and ultra-efficient and low-zero carbon logistics and travel.

 

 

In four years’ time they hope to have incentives and tools to offer every fan a greener way to reach the race, meaning public transport, bikes, or by foot with sustainable materials with all waste re-used, recycled or composted, ie. to cut down on the plastic.

 

 

F1 put their money where their mouth is in Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix as hundreds of thousands of fans arrived on bikes with no cars allowed at the circuit.

 

 

“There will initially only be a 10% share of biofuels or ethanol,” he told Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.

 

 

“Which is neither sufficient nor in keeping with the times. I stand by my criticism. We have all the possibilities, we have the money, the resources, we could do very sensible things with it.”

 

 

With the rise of electric racing, most manufacturers are moving towards a greener existence, with Mercedes-Benz pledging to make combustion engines by 2030.

 

 

However, Vettel was sympathetic as to why some changes could be taking longer than others but called for team bosses to put aside “egos” and do what is right for the world.

 

 

“If you have invested a lot of money in a team, for example, rapid change may seem like a defeat. But it would be a victory over your own ego,” he added.

 

 

In the coming decade, it’s clear that F1 won’t become fully electric, mainly because Formula E is locked in as the only all-electric single-seater championship until 2039 in motorsport.

 

 

Despite recent calls for F1 to do more to help save the planet, Vettel has been challenged on his own role in the sport, and why he continues to race in it and fly around the world.

 

 

“I drive fast cars for pleasure,” he stated. “They burn gasoline, fossil fuels that I’m not convinced of. Nevertheless, I drive the car. To participate in Formula One also means that I have to fly around the world.

 

 

“At the same time, my heart is in it. I would therefore find it wrong to give up Formula One.

 

 

“Instead, I’m trying to make a difference, to make a difference on both a small and a larger scale.”

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