The new Sebastian Vettel arouses discussions in the world of F1: the ecological position of the four-time world champion makes him observe the Circus from a different angle from that to which he was accustomed, thanks to a maturation process that led him to put the face to send messages on the future of GPs.
Seb is convinced that time is being wasted, gaining time on some crucial F1 choices. In the interview he gave to Motorsport.com, Vettel stressed that it is not possible to wait five years to introduce the new power units, because the process of change towards a more sustainable global life runs faster than the rules that are set. the paddock.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, to discover a very skeptical Vettel about biofuels that will make their GP debut next year. Isn’t that a step forward?
“Not so much, even if I’m not a big fuel specialist. I’m more of a fan of synthetic fuels rather than biofuels, because with biofuels I think it’s a bit complicated. “
“I think it is a good idea that Formula 1 find a way to use renewable fuels or a formula for synthetic fuels. Next year we will have 10% biofuel content and from a technological point of view it is not a revolution seen. that you can already buy that gasoline at service stations from customers all over the world. So it’s nothing new and I don’t think it matches the kind of ambitions that Formula 1 should have: to be a leader on the technology front. “
And what should Formula 1 do?
“I would prefer a more demanding challenge, which opens a new path. The engines will be frozen in 2022, I hear that something could change sooner, but in fact they will be frozen until 2025 or 2026, so this means that there will not be great progress for five years, and it will be a period of time in which there will be many changes. And this aspect will put pressure on those contexts in which there will be no changes. This is a risk that Formula 1 will also run. “
What do you think are the changes that could place Formula 1 in the role of technology leader?
“I don’t have all the answers, but we have many engineers and I believe that if we talk about mobility we could help find a solution. Today there are more than 1 billion cars in the world that are powered by fossil fuels every day, and we also have planes and ships powered by fossil fuels. “
“Finding a real alternative to these means of transport will be one of the great challenges of the future, whether it is electrifying or finding a hydrogen engine or, perhaps, something else that some intelligent man or woman will invent in the future.”
A barrel of ExxonMobil petrol: from 2022 in F1 there will be 10% of biofuels
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“I believe that Formula 1 has a huge chance to push in the direction of synthetic fuels by introducing them as soon as possible, even if some rules have already been decided. We don’t have time to talk about the personal interests of a specific manufacturer, there is something much, much bigger at stake, and I believe we could use our resources, namely the know-how that Formula 1 has with all the smart people working in this world, with the resources, the facilities and even the capital. that this sport can allocate “.
Current power units are a good example of efficiency …
“Let’s not forget how much has been spent in almost ten years on an engine that is super efficient and powerful, but which basically has no relevance to the impact on the series product. Probably each manufacturer has spent more than one billion (euros) for develop the current engine concept over the years, sums that can be re-allocated for a new project in line with a just cause. “
“If I think about this situation, I say: I don’t know exactly what the best solution is, but I think we have to start doing something rather than discussing for another five years, a period in which in fact nothing concrete will happen”.