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Vettel asks F1 to reinvest its profits in greener races

In 2019, Formula 1 announced its plans to achieve a zero carbon footprint by 2030, covering areas such as logistics, the use of renewable fuels and the reduction of waste.

Renewable fuels are part of the new power unit regulations for 2026, which will rationalize the designs of current hybrid engines. The category also aims to make the grand prix sustainable by 2025, banning the use of single-use plastics and reusing or recycling waste, among other initiatives.

Sebastian Vettel stressed that, as impressive as F1’s efficient hybrid engines are today, F1 should put more emphasis on its carbon footprint as due to its expansion to 24 races a year, all of which are well attended, as that the highest category of motorsport has become more popular than ever in recent years.

The four-time world champion believes that Formula 1 should reinvest some of its income to help its current promoters find greener solutions that help reduce the footprint of fans.

Appearing at a summit organized by World eX , an esports championship promoting zero-emission mobility and clean energy, Vettel said: “Any kind of event that draws a huge crowd has to live up to the responsibilities that come with our times.

“Obviously in Formula 1 we draw huge crowds. I think the series has become more popular in recent years thanks to the influx of new fans, especially in North America, which has caused the sport to grow.”

“Now there are more people who need to get to the circuit and who need to move once they are there. So yes, there are many things that can be done to improve that, like in other big events.

“Obviously we can think about the way people get to the event, there are a lot of things that I think we can do in that regard.”

“In the end, we should take some of the turnover or money that F1 in particular earns and reinvest it in the promoters and give them the opportunity to find a better, greener and cleaner solution when it comes to managing the crowds and also the event itself.

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

Vettel, who announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the 2022 season last month, spoke about the scant importance of current hybrid engines in current road cars due to their cost and complexity, an issue that will be addressed looking ahead to 2026.

While it is true that it can be said that motorsports events are no more polluting than other shows that draw large crowds, motorsport is being one of the targets of greatest scrutiny by politicians and activists.

Vettel argued that Formula 1 can counter any existential questions raised if they connect with the development of sustainable technologies that are beneficial to society.

“Ultimately, there is not a big difference between driving cars, giving a music concert or doing other things, considering the large number of people and their own footprint,” he added.

“But it’s all about how important we are to it. And if we don’t find a way to really help change that, and help everyone benefit from what we do for fun, I think pretty soon the question will come up: ‘Okay, what are we doing?'”

“We get the point, because we love it, we’re motorsport enthusiasts, and that doesn’t need to be explained to us. But if you walk away and address an audience that has nothing to do with motorsport, I think these questions will come up in the future”.

“So we need to start taking steps in that direction to stay one step ahead and not be surprised, so to speak, with the enormous power that we have here.”

“We’re spending a lot of money in motorsport, but with that comes a lot of innovation and engineering and we can get that channeled in a better direction, in a way that everyone, even outside of motorsport, can one day benefit from. what Formula 1 does”, concluded the German driver who is currently at Aston Martin.

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