Sebastian Vettel offered Formula E to team boss amid Aston Martin F1 doubts
Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has insisted the sport needs to evolve and focus on environmental issues, such as climate change.
Sebastian Vettel has an opportunity waiting for him in Formula E as doubts over his F1 future continue to grow.
Vettel, 34, cemented his status as a sports legend, having won four consecutive world titles with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013. He then finished second twice during a six-year stint at Ferrari, before moving on. sign up for Lawrence Stroll’s ambitious project at Aston Martin.
However, things haven’t gone as planned for the German star since the move. His 2021 campaign was disappointing, finishing 12th in the standings after picking up just 43 points over the season.
This year marked the dawn of a new era in F1, with the introduction of tough new regulations, designed to make racing more competitive. The concept was expected to help the likes of Aston Martin challenge more often, but the team has struggled so far in 2022.
Vettel himself suffered a torrid start, forced to miss the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia due to Covid-19. On his return, he failed to finish the Australian Grand Prix, before crossing the line eighth at Imola and then finishing 17th at Miami.
The icon has also frequently criticized F1 for not reacting accordingly to climate change. Despite bosses pledging to have a net zero carbon footprint by 2030, Vettel last year said the sport would “disappear” if it continued to make the same “environmental mistakes”.
Vettel’s opinion has not been lost on DS Techeetah Formula E boss Thomas Chevaucher, who clearly thinks the concept of electric cars could appeal to the star: “Sebastian is very interested in protecting the environment and has climate change in mind, just like we do in Formula E,” Chevaucher said, via give me sport.
“We don’t know how interested he is in continuing his career in Formula E, but we would like to give him the opportunity to try out a CO2-neutral racing car.” In its eighth season, Formula E has focused on environmentally friendly cars.
And while it features ex-F1 drivers like Jean-Eric Vergne and Pascal Wehrlein, capturing Vettel would no doubt increase publicity and media interest. It would also potentially pose an intriguing final challenge in his motorsport career.
Vettel has been in the news lately, appearing on BBC Question Time this month and taking aim at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He also amused fans with his “underpants” protest in Miami.
Following an FIA crackdown on the types of underwear drivers must wear, Vettel responded by wearing his underpants over his suit in the team garage. He also defended Lewis Hamilton, who was threatened with a racing ban for wearing jewelry in Grand Prix competitions.
In February he was also the first driver to say he would not be racing the Russian Grand Prix amid the invasion of Ukraine – before the race was officially called off: “I shouldn’t go , I’m not going,” he said. “People are being killed for stupid reasons. A very strange and crazy direction.”