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Climate crisis makes me question racing in Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel

The German driver was asked whether his position on the environment made him a hypocrite, considering he was part of a 'gas-guzzling' sport.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 13 May 2022 6:37 pm

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has questioned his profession and confessed that he often gets into a massive dilemma regarding the global climate crisis. While speaking on BCC Question Time, a television panel show comprising politicians and celebrity guests, the German driver was asked whether his position on the environment made him a hypocrite, considering he was part of a ‘gas-guzzling’ sport.

In response, the 34-year-old legendary driver claimed that he lives to drive, and every time he steps in the car, he loves every moment of it. But, he also confessed that he often asks himself ‘if this is something we should do.’ The Aston Martin driver said, “When I get out of the car, of course, my mind stresses on if this is something that we should do, travel the world, wasting resources?'” Vettel further clarified that he is not a Saint, and certain things are out of his control.

However, the driver drew a lot of limelight before last weekend’s Miami Grand Prix as he wore a T-shirt with a slogan, “Miami 2060 – first grand Prix underwater – Act Now or Swim Later” to advertise the effects of climate change.¬†Notably, he has also been quite vocal about the environment and renewable energy and often voices his opinion in regards to human rights and LGBTQ issues. Vettel didn’t shy away from confessing that Formula One plays an important role socially as entertainment.

Notably, Formule One aims to achieve a net zero-carbon footprint by 2030, with 100 per cent sustainable fuels from 2026, after the introduction of new engines. Adding further, Vettel said, “We go to a place that’s not going to be there in 50 years’ time and everybody acts and carries on business as usual.”

Vettel also acknowledged that the work which is going on behind the curtains in order to introduce a new engine is really impressive and it makes him optimistic that the sport will surely work in the right direction in future.

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