Formula 1 faces “big challenges ahead” to stay relevant in a changing world, says Sebastian Vettel.
“Looking at where the world is, I think obviously being critical and from the outside, you could ask where Formula 1 is and what place Formula 1 is filling,” said Vettel. “And therefore I think you need to be serious about that.
“I think this sport has some big challenges ahead. Obviously, the whole situation with the pandemic around the world doesn’t help. But nevertheless, there’s some big questions to be answered for the future to make sure that this sport is still around in years to come.
“With where the world is going there are big things that we need to tackle, we need to address, and Formula 1 is maybe not at the forefront of this. It is obviously a sport and it’s entertainment. But we can do better than what we’re currently doing.
“Looking after the world, the environment, I think there’s some interesting aspects that we are trying to fulfil or achieve. But I think Formula 1 [also] has to do more and be a bit more open and tolerant. Otherwise, I think, that’s just my personal opinion, it could get difficult in the future.”
Vettel said the sport particularly needs to look at ways to reduce its environmental impact besides the cars’ engines.
“As a global sport we should act responsibly. Formula 1 should be setting examples rather than reacting to pressure from the outside.
“So when it comes to the environment, obviously we are driving around the weekend in cars, we’re burning fuel which is probably a very small amount of the total energy or total carbon footprint if you want to talk in CO2 terms but still I think we need to start acting more and more setting the right example, not just in our carbon footprint, but also on other things.
“I do think every every little bit makes a difference. The amount of plastic bottles we have, we consume during the weekend, I think there are solutions to that. How we power some panels in the paddock, there are solutions to that. We should be at the forefront in pushing developments rather than using what is a convenient and cheap in order to make things work and easy.
“F1 is obviously the pinnacle of motorsports when it comes to development of the cars. But I think it doesn’t just stop there. And also, when you talk about the cars, I think there’s more that can be done in order to have greater relevance for the future to find our technologies in the road a few years down the road.”
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