Vettel has ideas for F1 after encouraging Domenicali meeting

The four-time world champion is a big advocate of sustainability and wants F1 to take action before it's too late


Sebastian Vettel has ideas for the future of Formula 1 and has already presented some of them to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

The four-time world champion is a partner of the Race Without a Trace campaign which finds sustainable ways to run racing cars and is hoping to make that customary across the world.

Vettel wants F1 to take action in a similar vein before the sport gets potentially banned in certain countries due to the vast environmental impact the sport can have travelling around the world every year.

“You can have fun but perhaps in a more responsible way,” Vettel said, as quoted by MARCA. “It’s something that perhaps not everyone has fully understood yet.

“It’s not so much the threat that people will stick to the track on race day or maybe at Goodwood, it’s more the threat that at some point governments will see things they can cut and ban and maybe motorsport is in danger and could be one of them.

“We’ll see, but I have some ideas. I was in Monaco earlier this year. I had a very good meeting with F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali.”

The calendar problem

F1 has supposedly made changes to the 2024 calendar which makes it far more logistically sensible but there are still very obvious problems. Moving Japan to the start of the year to twin with China is a smart move but we go to Singapore later in the year anyway so it’s not exactly preventing a big Asian flyaway after the European season.

Most worryingly, we got from China to Miami and then back to Europe with Imola before a Monaco-Canada-Spain run straight after that. There is no way that is logistically better than just saving all of the American continent races for the same stretch.

Three separate visits to the land of the free and none of them are back-to-back with each other, it’s baffling and let’s not get started on the jump from Las Vegas to Qatar to Abu Dhabi in a triple-header to end the year.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull leads the field at the start of 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

F1 will return from its summer break with the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix from Zandvoort  on August 25-27, where championship leader Max Verstappen will be racing on home soil.

Joe Ellis
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