Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel has made no secret in the past about his love for Formula 1 engines, famously quoting that he loves the raw sound of V12s. However, the German is also outspoken when it comes to environmental issues affecting the world.

While this may seem like a hypocritical approach of sorts to some, Vettel says there is a difference in both things.

To the layman, the fact that he drives Formula 1 cars also doesn’t help Vettel’s case all that much when it comes to being environmentally conscious.

However, Vettel has reiterated earlier that he believes we are not doing enough to save the planet and are rather abusing its resources.

“I still rave about V12 engines,” Vettel said.

“The sound and the vibrations are unique. But I’m only talking as a racing driver romantic.

“But as a human being, I know that we can no longer be wasteful with our resources.

“There are probably people who are now pointing the finger at me and saying I’m hypocritical because I’m a Formula 1 driver. Because we race and because we travel to most places by plane.”

Vettel claimed that while he is passionate about racing, he is looking at other ways in which F1 can be more environmentally friendly.

“But racing is my profession and my passion. My point is that there are ways to make the whole Formula One business much more environmentally friendly and sustainable, too,” he said.

“It’s not about doing away with things, but making them better and acting more responsibly. That you can live sustainably and still pursue your passion. I think always questioning yourself is the start of that.

“The future concerns us all. But when I put on my helmet, I still want to be faster than the others.

“Otherwise I couldn’t and wouldn’t do the job anymore. Otherwise, there would be no reason to lower the visor anymore.

“My job and my passion are still racing. And after so many years, I also know what it takes to set the right priorities.

“I’ve always been the type of person who, when I tackle something, wants to do it right. But I’m only talking about the time when I’m actively practicing my sport.

“We have to be clear that in the end, nature is the most important thing of all.”

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