Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has taken a step towards reducing his carbon footprint by minimizing the use of the plane to travel from circuit to circuit when possible.
Vettel, who has always been committed to ecology, has participated in several actions on the sidelines of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in the past.
He has built a hotel for bees with the help of school children in Austria and also took part in the waste collection in the stands of Silverstone after the race weekend.
In an interview with Red Bull’s Red Bulletin, Vettel said, “The environment is the challenge of our generation. We are in a decisive decade for the climate, and everyone is concerned.
We must stick together.” He revealed that he started calculating his carbon footprint a few years ago and took steps to reduce it.
The German driver skipped the plane to move from circuit to circuit in the 2021 season, with the exception of Silverstone and Budapest, which helped him reduce his carbon footprint.
Vettel said, “Most of this reduction is due to the elimination of flights. I don’t want to dictate anything to anyone or present myself as an angel, but that’s how I started myself. In the end, this step was quite logical – like all the other smaller ones I had taken in parallel – I felt very satisfied.”
Vettel further added that eliminating plane flights as much as possible in 2022 allowed him to rediscover forgotten sensations.
He said, “As a teenager, your driving license was your ticket to freedom! When I came to motorsport, I drove a lot at first, but soon got tired of driving long distances on the road. That’s how the plane came into play, then the private plane, because the time savings were extreme. But going back did me good.”