“React Rather Than Show” – Sebastian Vettel Criticizes Proposed F1 Engine Freeze

Published 10/11/2021, 9:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


Sebastian Vettel has played a huge role in voicing his concerns regarding the climate crisis. He has led by example, as he has made certain changes to his lifestyle to cut down the carbon footprint. But he feels F1 is waiting too long to work on its promise of zero carbon footprints.

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F1 had also announced that in 2026, they will introduce new engines which will use a new kind of fuel. But the four-time world champion believes that 2026 is too far away to take the necessary steps.

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The Aston Martin driver criticizes F1 for being too slow

As reported by Motorsport-Total, the Aston Martin driver believes that the sport is moving too slowly. He criticized the sport for being too reactive rather than being proactive in this matter. He also mentioned that they should look at synthetic fuels rather than biofuels.

“In my opinion, we have the same chance with synthetic fuels. But I’m afraid that here too we will react rather than show the way. Because the engines will be frozen until ’22.” said Vettel. (Translated via Google Translate)

Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“There are some rumors that something will happen before that could change, but they’ll be frozen until at least ’25, probably more likely until 2026, so that means another five years of no progress, that will put enormous pressure on our sport because I think hopefully there will be a lot of changes in that five years will take place all over the world, which also force us to change,” said Seb.

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Formula1 has a great chance of really pushing synthetic fuels: Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel stated that the sport has the technology and the sharp minds that can make a difference. He urged the sport to go after synthetic fuels and take necessary actions quickly.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel gets out of the car before the start of the race due to bad weather Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

“So I think it’s always a combination of those things. But I think Formula One has a great chance of really pushing synthetic fuels and getting them out there as soon as possible, even if some precautions are already in place.

But we don’t have any time to talk about personal interests and one manufacturer or another, and whether something has been decided and there is a piece of paper. Because I think it’s about something much, much bigger,” concluded the German.

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Vettel does have a point; although the sport has committed itself to fight against climate change, the timeline is a bit far away. So, they might need to bring some technology to accelerate their fight.

Do you agree with Seb? 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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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