Ever since joining the Aston Martin team this season, Sebastian Vettel has been extra vocal about his environmental concerns and has been using his racing platform to express his views. The German driver also does not shy away from calling on F1 to implement changes that he sees fit and that could ultimately help make a lasting change for the environment.
In 2025, F1’s next engine is scheduled to come out and will reportedly have increased electric power along with sustainable fuels. However, Vettel sees an opportunity now for F1 to be more relevant especially when it comes to the technology in the cars.
"There is obviously potential to be more relevant," said Vettel.
"At the moment, we have some fascinating technology in the cars but it is very complex and probably irrelevant for the road.
"That is obviously not right so I think whatever the next engine formula is, it needs to be more relevant and helping everybody in the whole world to make a shift when we talk about mobility.
"F1 should really carry on along its footsteps of the past, to be a leader of technology, which is relevant for the future."
Vettel also feels that there are ample chances in F1 at events that could be utilized to help teach people about various issues and help spread the word regarding these imperative matters.
"There are huge events, a lot of people coming to the events, so there is an opportunity to educate people, to address certain messages and make people aware of certain things," added Vettel.
"A lot of people are consuming a lot of things - drinks and food. Now how we handle the topic of how we hand out food, drinks etcetera, there are a lot of things that can be done on that front, can be improved.
At the Silverstone GP earlier this season, Vettel put together a small group of volunteers and stayed after the race and collected trash that was left behind. For Vettel, it’s not enough to just clean the garbage up. Taking it a step further, Vettel believes that the aim should be to problem solve and address the root of the issue that is producing the massive amounts of litter in the first place.
"I obviously witnessed how much litter was left behind at Silverstone, and it has to find its way, but the first goal should not be that the litter finds its way to the bin but that it doesn't get produced in the first place.
"There are a lot of great ideas, inventions, concepts that can apply to our grands prix, to concerts or whatever, the likes of these sorts of events that attract people, those are just small examples."