As the resident loud person in the paddock of Formula 1 when it comes to climate change and environmental concerns, Sebastian Vettel spoke ahead of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay. He explained to the media how the carbon footprint left behind from the sport all while traveling all around the world could be reduced or fixed in order to find a brighter future for everybody.
"I think big organisations, whether it's business or sports events, probably need to dare to make a step to find an organization to control them, and if they don't stay within the limitations they put out, then face consequences.
“I think otherwise, we can put everything on a poster and a piece of paper, and it all sounds great, but if it doesn't happen, so what?” said the German.
"Nations decide to sign an agreement for limiting [the world] to 1.5 degrees of global warming, but if we don't manage to do so, then what are the consequences? There are some systems in place, but then nations can still go out whenever they like, in a way.”
Even though the 4-times-World Champion won’t be racing on the grid of the pinnacle of motorsport next year, he has commented on the decision of extending the championship calendar to 24 races all around the world.
"There is more interest in F1: there's a bigger chance to make money and it's all fair and valid. But obviously, if you look at the first three races, then, the easy wins would be to save on travels and flights.
"Everybody will go there [to the Middle East] and go come back for three weeks in a row, which is fair, because everybody's got family and life wherever they are based.
"You can't expect people to stay out for eight weeks at the beginning of the season, for example.
"But if you ask me how to solve [the problem], I think that [the independent body idea] will be the probably the most serious, or one of the most serious ways."
The 35-year-old concluded by speaking on the decision of and adding three more sprint races events to the three the current 2022 calendar hosts.
"From a driving point of view, it is not very exciting to have the sprint. You are still looking at the main race. I don't want to be the bad guy for just being the bad guy, but I think it is just a way to make more money.
"If there is a race it is maybe more exciting than just a practice session, you have more people watching. So I guess it is a question of approach and I don't have the full access and full numbers, but that's what we were told some while ago."