“Not My Style” – Verstappen Not Fond of Vettel’s Eco-friendly Habit

Published 08/01/2021, 7:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Formula One has become carbon neutral in the 2021 season to reduce its carbon footprint in the world. The sport has also announced that by 2030, they will have a net-zero carbon footprint. There have been a lot of reports stating that in its push for a net-zero carbon footprint, the sport might consider going electric. But Max Verstappen has mentioned that he is not too keen on fully electric cars.

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In his recent interview with Sport BILD, Max stated that electric cars do not impress him. When asked if he will ever own an electric car like his colleague Sebastian Vettel, Max replied –

No, that’s not my style. I don’t own one, and I’m not planning to own one in the future.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

Verstappen also gave a reason for his displeasure towards electric cars, “They don’t have sound. Plus, they are very heavy because of the batteries. The acceleration is impressive, of course. But it comes from a battery, so it doesn’t excite me at all.”

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Red Bull hoping that softer tire gamble pays off

As reported by Autosport, Verstappen will start the race on Sunday on the softer compound of tires. The Red Bull driver set his fastest time in Q2 on soft tires. Verstappen stated that he was wary of his pace on the medium tires in qualifying.

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So when my lap time on the medium would have really been on the edge for top 10, we decided to finish that lap,” said Verstappen.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Red Bull team boss Horner also confirmed by saying, “We couldn’t do the same time as Lewis did on the medium, and we felt that maybe tactically, it’s a different route. I’d prefer that tire for the start tomorrow. So we’ll see. We’ve got to drive an attacking race tomorrow. You know how hard it is to overtake around here, so the strategy is going to be crucial,” said Horner.

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Red Bull and Max would really bank on a good start to make progress in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Can Verstappen take the fight to Hamilton? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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