Sebastian Vettel warns F1 ‘could disappear’ if it keeps ‘making mistakes’

Sebastian Vettel sits in Aston Martin Formula One car

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Aston Martin star Sebastian Vettel has warned Formula 1 could be phased out and stopped entirely if it does not adapt to become more environmentally friendly. The four-time world champion is hoping and pushing for the sport to make changes to improve its sustainability, such as implementing greener engines.

Vettel is an advocate for the environment and sustainability, with the German building bee hotels and picking up litter during the season.

While he is an active supporter of such methods, Vettel understands the irony of being passionate about the environment while competing in Formula 1. 

However, he believes the sport can embrace environmentally-friendly ideas.

“I think we live in a time where we have innovations and possibilities to arguably make Formula 1 green as well, and not lose any of the spectacle, of the excitement, of the speed, of the challenge, of the passion,” the 34-year-old told

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“If anything, we have so many clever people and engineering power here, we could come up with solutions. But the current regulations, I think they’re very exciting, the engine is super efficient, but it’s useless.”

The German, who sits 12th in the Drivers’ Championship with 35 points, named the power units as the place to start to turn around F1’s image.

“It’s not going to be an engine formula that you will buy on the road in two years when you decide to buy a new car, for example,” Vettel continued.

“Therefore, you can argue, what is the relevance? I think there are certain things that people are talking about for the future of the sport in terms of regulations, that could shift the change and shift into more relevant changes.

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“And I feel if they come, that’s a good thing for Formula 1, and it’s also a vital thing.

“But if they don’t come, I think I’m not so optimistic. If they don’t come, I think that Formula 1 will disappear. And probably rightly so.

“We are at the stage where we know we’ve done mistakes, and we have no time to keep doing mistakes.”

Vettel believes Formula 1 has enough intelligent minds to develop a solution, including innovative sustainable fuels. 

He cited the development of engines that have no relevance outside of the sport.

“I feel that we could use our resources, meaning the intelligence that Formula 1 has, with all the clever people on board, the resources, the facilities, and also the money that Formula 1 has to spend,” Vettel said.

“I mean, let’s not forget we spent the last nearly 10 years on an engine that is super-efficient, and we’ve squeezed a lot of power out of it, but it has basically no relevance to the normal person on the road and the next generation of cars, but had huge costs.

“Probably each manufacturer spent more than one billion developing that engine in those years. That money can be found again, or some of that money is around to hopefully push the right causes.

“So that’s where I sit and say… I don’t know what exactly the best solution is. But I feel we have to start doing it now, rather than discuss for another five years, and in the meantime do five years of nothing.”

Formula 1 returns to Texas for the United States Grand Prix on October 24, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen holding a slender six-point lead over Lewis Hamilton.

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