Sebastian Vettel: Without Serious Change F1 Could Cease to Exist
The 4 time world champion shares his thoughts on the current situation in Formula One - And from his point of view, the future of the sport isn't looking good.
If you've followed Formula One at all lately, you'll probably know the it's having a few problems. Going into race weekend you can pretty much accurately guess who's gonna stand on the podium pretty - Hamilton in first place, with Verstappen and Bottas in either second or third. I myself am a Hamilton fan, but I still get kinda bored watching him win every race.
Ferrari driver Sebastion Vettel has been very vocal with his opinions this year, both on the sport, the drivers, and his team. Naturally he would have some strong thoughts on the matter. During a press interview he stated “It’s a question of what the world is going to be in 10 years? “I think nobody would have thought, certainly not half a year ago, of the situation that the world is in now,” “It’s a question of what the world is going to be in 10 years? So I think it’s very difficult from that to look at Formula 1 only.”
He continued on to say:
"I think, from my point of view, Formula 1 has a huge mountain to climb in order to still exist and still, you know, attract the fans and share emotions and passion.
The world is changing, the world is changing very fast. And I think Formula 1 has to more than adapt.
I know that obviously there’s the regulation change coming [in 2022]. But I doubt that it will be enough.
I think on a bigger picture Formula 1, has to do more than just change the regulations. We all hope that the regulation change for the sport will bring the teams closer together and will make the competition on track closer.
But apart from that, I think the world, as I said, is moving fast and the world will face more and more big topics to fight. F1 cannot remain silent and close its eyes. So it will be actually I think very interesting to see where we are in 10 years and where Formula 1 is."
He mentions the 2022 rule change which will enable a price cap of $175M for every team. This rule is of course meant to give teams with a smaller budget a real chance at winning races. In 2019, American team Haas spent a total of $118.7M, whereas the Champion team (Mercedes) spent nearly half a billion dollars. However, clearly Vettel doesn't believe this is enough. A future without F1 isn't a future I want to I've in, and if it take serious changes to ensure it doesn't become a reality, I'm all for it.