In an extensive interview with BBC Question Time, Sebastian Vettel said the global energy crisis questioned him as to whether competing in Formula One, as well as traveling the world, was the right thing to do. to do.
“There are certain things that are in my control, and some things that are not,” said the four -time world champion. “I like to drive a car. I like it. Every time I step in the car, I like it.
“When I got out of the car, of course I was also thinking: ‘Is this something we have to do, travel the world, waste resources?'”
His appearance on the show marks the first time an active Formula One driver has joined the panel and it comes after he called the growing crisis ahead of the Miami Grand Prix. For the Opening Party on Wednesday, the Aston Martin driver wore a shirt with the words “Miami 2060 – 1st Underwater Grand Prix – Act Now or Swim Later.”
The 34-year-old told the BBC program that he asked himself “every day” about protecting the planet, adding that he was “not a saint.”
“In energy, we need to stop relying [on fossil fuels], and we can, because there are solutions in place, ”Vettel continued. “You know, in Britain, you have this kind of gold mine that you sit in, wind, and you have the ability to increase your energy supply using wind energy, solar.
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And even though motorsports have been widely criticized for its impact on the environment, Vettel defended Formula One by adding that it had a positive impact on society, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were one of the first games to start all over again. When everyone’s heads are about to explode, there are Formula One races back, ”he said. “I’m not saying Formula One has a great position in the world to provide entertainment. There are a lot of people — when you talk about entertainment, sports, culture, comedy — a lot of people who can’t perform, and a lot of people who forgot that.And I think if we didn’t have that, in general, we might be crazy.
Vettel discusses ways in which he can fight the energy crisis and climate change in ways he can control, such as riding a car versus a plane if he can.
Continuity is one of the main pillars of Formula One’s plans for the future with the goal of net-zero carbon by 2030. The game has already launched a hybrid engine in cars with better performance. thermal efficiency, meaning less fuel is used. Thermal efficiency is essentially the amount of energy required to operate a machine, in this case.
As it announces in late 2021, Formula One plans to not only introduce a new engine but also replace it with 100% sustainable fuel by ’25.
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