Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has spoken out about his future in F1, a sport he could leave for a very specific reason and it isn’t what you’re probably thinking.
Sebastian Vettel has been in Formula 1 since 2007, winning four F1 world championships with Red Bull, before moving to Ferrari and then Aston Martin. The 34-year-old German is one of the oldest drivers in the field and the question of his future in the sport naturally arises, especially with a car with poor performance and an Aston Martin team in crisis that prevents him from fighting for victory. While Vettel has already hinted at a potential retirement, he may be leaving Formula One for ecological, not sporting, reasons.
“I have a lot of questions” admits Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel told the BBC’s Question Time that “It’s my passion to drive a car, and I love it.”
The German multple champion conintues:
“And every time I get in the car, I love it. When I get out of the car, of course I think, and I also ask myself if it is something we should do to travel around the world wasting resources’, before adding: ‘I am not a saint.”
A family man, Vettel is perhaps one of the more ’rounded’ drivers in Formula 1, compared to some.
“I’m very concerned about the future, and therefore about these issues around energy, and energy dependency along with where we are going in the future. I have a lot of questions.” said the German.
Vettel is under contract with Aston Martin until the end of the 2022 season, it is unlikely he will renew.