Sebastian Vettel hits out at Formula 1 for not changing ‘fast enough’

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 is not evolving fast enough in terms of becoming more environmentally friendly.

The Aston Martin superstar has become increasingly outspoken regarding social and environmental issues. Vettel recently donned a pair of trainers with a rainbow design ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The German is also a keen advocate of the environment and he has been vocal on the subject in 2021.

Formula 1 have declared on several occasions that they will make changes and transition to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly in the future.

However, Vettel believes the move towards a ‘greener’ F1 is taking too long.

“There will initially only be a 10% share of bio-fuels or ethanol,” Vettel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Newspaper.

“Which is neither sufficient nor in keeping with the times. I stand by my criticism. We have all the possibilities, we have the money, the resources, we could do very sensible things with it.”

Given his profession and stance over such issues, Vettel has been accused of being hypocritical as he drives cars and takes flights all over the world for a living.

The German understands the criticism but says he loves driving. He does not want to give driving up, and would rather find ways to make a positive impact on the sport before his eventual retirement.

“I drive fast cars for pleasure,” he stated.

“They burn gasoline, fossil fuels that I’m not convinced of. Nevertheless, I drive the car. To participate in Formula 1 also means that I have to fly around the world.

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“At the same time, my heart is in it. I would therefore find it wrong to give up Formula 1. Instead, I’m trying to make a difference, to make a difference on both a small and a larger scale.”

Vettel understands why there is reluctance to some changes from figures within the sport, including team owners who have invested a lot of money into developing their contender.

However, the four-time world champion hopes such figures will look past their ego and money to embrace the proposed changes.

“If you have invested a lot of money in a team, for example, rapid change may seem like a defeat. But it would be a victory over your own ego,” Vettel added.

F1 will return in 2022 for preseason testing on February 23 before the opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.

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