Formula 1 driver on British TV: That’s why Vettel calls himself a hypocrite

Self-criticism on the subject of environmental protection!

Formula 1 professional Sebastian Vettel feels a conflict between his job and his commitment to environmental protection. “Driving a car is my passion and every time I get in a car I love it,” Vettel said on Thursday evening’s talk show “Question Time” on the British broadcaster BBC.

The Heppenheimer continues: “Of course, when I get out of the car, I also think: Is that something we should do – travel around the world and waste resources?”

When asked by the BBC presenter if he wasn’t a hypocrite as a driver of Formula 1, “one of the most fuel-wasting sports”, she agreed hag to. “You’re right,” said the 34-year-old.

“I’m not a saint. I’m worried about the future. The questions about energy and the dependence on energy concern me. We must stop depending on energy. And we can. There are solutions for this,” Vettel continued.

With a view to his job as a racing driver, however, he asked for understanding. “On the other hand, we also entertain people,” said the Aston Martin driver. “During the Corona pandemic, we were one of the first sports to get going again. When everyone’s heads exploded, there were Formula 1 races on TV again.”

At the same time he asks himself many questions and tries to do his part to protect the environment. “I ask myself: do I have to take a plane every time,” said Vettel. “Not if I can drive a car. There are things I can control and other things that are out of my control.”

Referring to Russian gas, Vettel said Germany should have recognized the threat a long time ago. “We shouldn’t depend on it. We need to shift into the next gear and get ready for the future,” said the 2010-2013 world champion. “And we need to make sure we live on a planet that’s as pleasant tomorrow as it is today.”


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