Sebastian Vettel Gives Up Beloved Passion: “There Are Probably People Who Point Their Fingers at Me”

Published 04/17/2021, 11:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Over the last one and a half decade as a Formula 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel has matured as a driver and a human being. As a four-time world champion, the German understands the platform that the sport provides him and has used the same for causes to help the rest.

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Formula 1 has constantly been working towards becoming more sustainable. A unique sound and vibrations that a car enthusiast loves characterize the V12 engines. However, those engines are not kind to the environment.

In a recent interview, the German explains what changed his mind about using them.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“I know that we can no longer be wasteful with our resources. There are probably people who point their fingers at me and say that I am hypocritical because I am a Formula 1 driver. Because we race and because we travel by air to most places.

“I still rave about the V12 engines. The sound and the vibrations are unique. But I’m only talking as a racing driver romantic”

“But racing driver is my job and my passion. My concern is that there are ways to make the entire Formula 1 business much more environmentally friendly and sustainable. The point is not to get rid of things, but to make them better and to act more responsibly,” he further explained.

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The FIA and Formula 1 teams have been constantly working towards making the sport more sustainable. The FIA plans to use biofuel from 2025 onwards. Sebastian Vettel believes it’s the right approach and is supportive of the decision.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“It has to be 100 percent biofuel. At the same time, one has to ask how the synthetic fuel is produced. Basically, e-fuels are absolutely the right approach. 2025 is still a long way off, the new engine has not yet been formulated. But until then, other things can be addressed.”

FIA has been using its technology and innovation to help tackle climate change and drive sustainable practices. In the coming decade, the Formula 1 governing body has committed to becoming net-zero carbon as a sport by 2030.

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Hopefully, the governing body, F1 teams and drivers will continue to use the global platform to raise awareness and lead from the front to drive sustainable changes for the planet.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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