Sebastian Vettel’s resolution to go away the Formula One scene has led to loads of hypothesis over what comes subsequent, with the 35-year-old racing icon certain to have loads of alternatives come his approach.
Since saying his retirement from F1 on the finish of July, Vettel has already been tipped to tackle a task inside the championship hierarchy by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, however the German has hinted that he would possibly go in a brand new path fully.
Speaking in a retirement announcement video, he famous that he believes in “in change and progress and that every little bit makes a difference”, whereas Vettel has additionally spoken usually about the necessity to battle local weather change, enhance inexperienced know-how and make sport a extra sustainable surroundings.
Those traits are all paramount in one other racing ecosystem: the all-electric championship Formula E, the place collection icon Lucas di Grassi insists Vettel can be greater than welcome if he wished a brand new problem however to proceed his racing profession in a extra sustainable surroundings.
“I would love it! We raced together many times, me and Vettel. In Formula 3 we did two years together,” Di Grassi informed the Independent and different media on a name. Di Grassi is one other who has been outspoken over the necessity to have an effect on change in sport and within the wider world, pushing for improved electrical mobility know-how and a much bigger emphasis on sustainability.
Di Grassi feels F1’s personal makes an attempt to enhance their contribution towards the local weather battle vary between inadequate and hypocritical, however backs Vettel’s stance in talking out and guaranteeing followers can hear what he has to say.
“It would be amazing to have him race here. I think a lot of sustainability talk in Formula One are not really making any difference. Like saying don’t use fossil fuels, and being sponsored by Aramco, does not really say much.
“So people like Vettel, he has become in the last few years much more conscious about the state of the world and what he can do to make it better, using his platform as a sportsman to try to make the world a better place.
“I think it’s very noble of him, he could just do his racing, stop, buy a boat and stay somewhere. It would be a pleasure to have him racing with us.”
While Di Grassi can be more than pleased to see his previous rival within the championship, he has additionally warned that it’s a enormous problem to regulate.
Antonio Giovinazzi is an efficient instance of somebody switching to FE and struggling in his debut marketing campaign, whereas Jake Dennis – Red Bull reserve driver in F1 and Avalanche Andretti FE star – has additionally highlighted the large variations between racing in each vehicles.
However, subsequent season in Formula E sees the introduction of upgraded autos, making it the perfect time for any new entrants to the championship to return in on a stage footing.
“I don’t think it will happen, FE is a very difficult environment – although in Gen3 everything starts from scratch so it’s the perfect time for somebody to jump in like Vettel. And I’m sure he would be competitive,” Di Grassi continued. “It’s just that it takes time, Formula E is a very special racing series and it takes time, you don’t have practice sessions or testing days. But it would be a pleasure to have him racing with us.”
Di Grassi himself is celebrating after profitable the latest E-Prix, the second weekend race in London on Sunday after Dennis took high spot on the rostrum on the Saturday.
It places the Brazilian inside touching distance of 1,000 championship factors in complete in Formula E, with races 99 and 100 for the collection approaching in Seoul for the season finale. And he had nice reward for what was a rare event on the ExCel, with a number of drivers commenting afterwards that it was a brand new standard-bearer for what was potential in FE.
“London one of the best events as a whole with the amount of people, the excitement, the show put on and the podium ceremony,” he mentioned.
“The emotion was beautiful. The quality of the event was very, very high – it’s always very special. The way it’s organised was very good with the infrastructure.”
:: Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reaches its conclusion in Seoul, South Korea with a double-header on August 13 and 14.