WATCH: F1 Fans Tarnish Spa Grandstands Amid Belgian GP Controversy

Published 08/30/2021, 9:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Spectators in the rain as the race is delayed due to bad weather REUTERS/Johanna Geron


The Belgian GP resulted in fans returning home without experiencing the race. The extensive downpour at the circuit resulted in unfavorable track conditions for the F1 drivers.

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The wait was almost three hours long, and fans were surely restless. Merrily eating and drinking, a lot of the fans were dancing to kill time. However, after all was over, they left behind a sea of garbage in the Belgian circuit.

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While the frustrations of the fans are understandable, it’s no excuse to leave the circuit like this. With heavy rain adding to the difficulties, it must have been a tricky aftermath to deal with for the circuit’s staff.

F1 eco-friendly goals

The series has been trying its best to reduce its negative impact on the environment. In 2019, F1 had announced its plans to have a net 0-carbon footprint by 2030.

F1 has thrived off technological innovation throughout its history. As a result, it looks to put its advancements for the benefit of the planet. The current hybrid unit delivers more power using less fuel. The fuels used in F1 cars are highly advanced sustainable fuels; all in the hope of reducing carbon emissions from the machine.

Along with the on-track improvements, F1 has included initiatives within its logistics and travel to help propel this plan. Recently, BWT and F1 have tied up to reduce the use of plastic bottles in the paddock and grandstands. This will also see the rise of “bottle-free zones” to discourage single-use plastic.

F1 is highly focused on its goal of sustainability. Chase Carey said“In launching F1’s first-ever sustainability strategy, we recognize the critical role that all organizations must play in tackling this global issue.

“By leveraging the immense talent, passion, and drive for innovation held by all members of the F1 community, we hope to make a significant positive impact on the environment and communities in which we operate.”

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Additionally, Sebastian Vettel, known for being an environmentalist, has also taken the forefront of being eco-friendly. Vettel has had a continued commitment to raising awareness about the global situation; more recently, Vettel cleaned the grandstands after a tiring British GP. Vettel has said, ” I think it is important we all respect the environment. We have to start somewhere and each of us can make a difference now.”

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Keeping the F1’s efforts and the advice of fan-favorite Vettel in mind, it’s important for Formula 1 fans to understand the need for change. Now, heading to the next race in Zandvoort, hopefully, there will be a change.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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