2016 F1 World Champion, Nico Rosberg, has said that he hopes 4-time champion Sebastian Vettel one day follows him into Extreme E. Rosberg’s team, RXR Racing, currently sit top of the standings, following the Desert E-Prix last weekend.
Rosberg recognises that Vettel has a platform, and hopes he uses it to help tackle world-wide issues that Extreme E deals with, such as climate change and deforestation. Rosberg himself is not driving, choosing to take a sole team owner role, is this a route Vettel would be interested in during or even post his F1 career?
Sebastian has shown he is committed to tackling global issues, by signing a sponsorship deal with Austrian water company BWT. Rosberg hopes that this could be a sign of things to come for Seb.
“Maybe we’ll get him in there somehow,” Rosberg told F1-Insider.com. “It’s nice to see that Sebastian is also following in my footsteps when it comes to sustainability, because he has a huge fan base and can influence so many people in a positive way. It’s always great when more athletes join in and push the topic.”
Rosberg recognises that motorsport as a whole could be doing more to push for good – “24 of the 25 biggest TV broadcasts of all time are sports events. Sport has a lot of power. That is why every sport has to do more and more to ensure that we serve the bigger picture and protect our future. And yes, motorsport has to take part too. Not just with technology transfer, as Formula E does or Formula 1 with lightweight materials, turbo engines and currently hybrids.
“Now the next step has to come. I would like Formula 1 to use synthetic fuels. Because there is still a lot to be done, the price has to be reduced and more efficient manufacturing options have to be found. If this could be used for developing countries, for example, it would be a great bridge until electric cars make the breakthrough there too. If Formula 1 could play a pioneering role in this regard, that would be mega.
“Lewis and Formula 1 did a great job last year with the black lives matter movement and the fight for more diversity. You can do the same with the environment. That actually makes a difference, because millions of people are watching.
“You can do the same with the environment. That actually makes a difference, because millions of people are watching. You can do the same with the environment. That actually makes a difference, because millions of people are watching.”
It could only be a matter of time before Seb sets foot into the world of Extreme E. Lewis Hamilton has shown there is no need to retire from F1 before owning a team, so is a deal for next season on the cards?
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