‘Out of Date’ – Sebastian Vettel Calls out F1 over ‘Absurd’ Race Tradition

Published 12/29/2020, 1:03 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the garage FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Quite a few venues in the F1 calendar have, in the recent past, undertaken crowd engagement activities. Some of these include the aerobatics drills performed by fighter jets and flight squadrons as well.

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At the same time, environmental sustainability is something Formula 1 has stressed recently. Driver Sebastian Vettel offers an insight into how that goal could be achieved in one way going forward.

Speaking in an interview, Vettel stated, “There’s a lot there. For example, before some Grand Prix fighter jets fly over the home straight, flight squadrons perform their maneuvers over our heads and, before the pandemic, over those of the spectators, empty airliners the size of a 747 pull over the starting grid at a low height.” (translated via Google Translate)

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Sebastian Vettel believes F1 can entertain the audience in different ways

“Some sponsors use it to advertise, some countries may demonstrate their power. I think that’s out of date and a pointless waste of resources.”

The flight activities are a medium of engagement with the crowd for some of these organizers at those respective venues. However, the 33-year-old feels that many of these things are ‘superfluous’ and there are more sustainable ways to engage audiences.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Vettel continued, “The audience could also be entertained differently. These flight inserts were completely absurd when, as in the pandemic season, there were no spectators in the stands.”

“If we open our eyes and develop our awareness, we will find many things that are superfluous. Why shouldn’t Formula 1 lead the way? That would also be a signal for other sports associations,” concluded Vettel.

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The FIA recently introduced first samples of sustainable biofuel to F1 manufacturers

About a couple of weeks back, F1 announced that the motorsport’s governing body had made its carbon-neutral stance quite clear. The likes of Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, and Honda will now take forward the duties of testing and coming up with power unit solutions for the same.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

It is a genuine effort that sees F1 work to achieve environmental sustainability. As all drivers have pledged to support the cause, the future of the sport looks to be nothing but greener and cleaner.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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