Sebastian Vettel slams F1's 'green' strategy as a 'great opportunity being ignored'

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• Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 is not doing enough to go 'green'.

• The driver calls the sport out on missed opportunities.

• F1 will use 10% biofuel in 2022.

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Sebastian Vettel has hit out at Formula 1 for not doing enough amid the new 'green' environmental trends.

The quadruple world champion told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper: "F1 should channel its competitive spirit, ambition, knowledge and speed of development so that relevant technologies are developed for everyone.".

The sport switched to hybrid engines in 2014, and the next push is for biofuels and carbon neutrality. But Vettel feels that F1 is still not doing enough.

He said: "The decision to run on 10% biofuel in 2022 is nothing new. Why is F1 lagging behind? There is a great opportunity for the sport to authentically secure its existence, but it is being ignored."

Covid is not convincing

He said the argument that doing more is too great an expense amid the covid crisis is not convincing.

"F1 has always cost a lot of money," said the 33-year-old. "And the competition and ambition have always opened enough wallets."

He suspects that political interests are the hurdle to greater 'green' progress.

Vettel continued: "That seems to be the case. In any case, the gravity of the situation is not well understood. I find that frustrating.  We know better and we still don't do it. This is how we seal our disappearance into irrelevance. Politicians should set the framework conditions in such a way that all the things that harm us in the long term are made so unattractive that nobody counts on them anymore. At the moment, the opposite is still the case.

"Applied to F1, it means to create incentives for beneficial innovations instead of clinging to the old things just because they continue to pour a lot of money, fame and prestige into some people's pockets. We are primarily an entertainment company, but there are things that simply no longer fit into our time. In my opinion, we should start moving forward quickly. I believe that we have ignored the topic of environmental technology as an area of development for far too long."

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