SEBASTIAN VETTEL says Formula One will ‘rightfully disappear’ if the sport keeps making environmental ‘mistakes’.
The German is an eco-advocate and says the clock is ticking on F1 if it doesn’t change its approach.
AFPSebastian Vettel says F1 may die out if the sport doesn’t change its environmental approach[/caption]
The four-time world champ races for Aston Martin and thinks the pressure is on chiefs to make changes surrounding green engines and their sustainability.
“I think we live in a time where we have innovations and possibilities to arguably make Formula One green as well, and not lose any of the spectacle, of the excitement, of the speed, of the challenge, of the passion.
“If anything, we have so many clever people and engineering power here, we could come up with solutions.
“But the current regulations, I think they’re very exciting, the (hybrid) engine is super efficient, but it’s useless.
“It’s not going to be an engine formula that you will buy on the road in two years when you decide to buy a new car, for example.
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“Therefore, you can argue, what is the relevance?
“I think there are certain things that people are talking about for the future of the sport in terms of regulations, that could shift the change and shift into more relevant changes.
“And I feel if they come, that’s a good thing for Formula One, and it’s also a vital thing.
“But if they don’t come, I think I’m not so optimistic. If they don’t come, I think that Formula One will disappear. And probably rightly so.
“We are at the stage where we know we’ve done mistakes, and we have no time to keep doing mistakes.”
Vettel is a vocal supporter of environmental schemes in the paddock.
He was the inspiration for a Bahrain GP flypast powered by sustainable fuels.
And he stayed behind at Silverstone to help clear up the mess and litter left by 140,000 fans at the British GP.
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