Recently, rumors swirled around the possibility of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel returning to Formula 1 in a new role as a ‘sustainability manager.’
However, it appears that these rumors are unfounded, as GPFans reports that no offer has been made to the German driver.
Despite this, Vettel remains a highly respected figure in the F1 community for his dedication to creating a sustainable future for the sport.
After an impressive career that began in 2007, Vettel retired at the end of the 2022 season. He achieved four consecutive world championships for Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, becoming the youngest champion at the time – a record subsequently broken by Max Verstappen.
While his accomplishments on the track are impressive, Vettel’s commitment to sustainability and climate change awareness off the track is equally noteworthy.
Vettel’s Public Advocacy for Sustainability and Climate Change
Throughout his career, the 35-year-old Vettel has never shied away from speaking up for what he believes in, particularly regarding sustainability and climate change.
The former Aston Martin driver famously appeared on BBC’s Question Time in May of last year to discuss the sustainability challenges facing Formula 1. Vettel has consistently used his platform to raise awareness about environmental issues, demonstrating his passion for creating positive change in the world.
When confronted by presenter Fiona Bruce about the apparent hypocrisy of being a driver in a “gas-guzzling” sport while also advocating for reduced carbon emissions, Vettel responded candidly, admitting, “It does.” He added, “I am not a saint but I am very concerned about the future.
It is my passion to drive a car and I love it, every time I step in a car I love it, but when I get out of the car I am thinking: is this something we should do, traveling the world and wasting resources?”
Why Vettel Would Make an Excellent Sustainability Manager in F1
While no official offer has been made to Vettel, the idea of him taking on a role as a sustainability manager in Formula 1 is intriguing.
His passion for the sport and dedication to environmental causes make him uniquely qualified for such a position.
With extensive firsthand experience as a driver, Vettel understands the challenges and complexities of the sport and can bring valuable insights into creating a more sustainable future for Formula 1.
Moreover, Vettel’s high-profile status in the F1 community would bring greater visibility to the issue of sustainability in the sport.
His involvement in the fight against climate change has already garnered attention and sparked important conversations.
If he were to take on a role as a sustainability manager in F1, he could continue to push for change and inspire others in the sport to follow suit.