Speaking on BBC Question Time, a television program that mixes politicians and famous guests, the German was asked if his stance on the environment made him a hypocrite considering it was part of a “gas devoured” sport.
“It does, it does, and you’re right when you laugh,” replied the 34-year-old father of three. “There are questions I ask myself every day and I am not a saint.
“Some things are under my control and some are not. Driving a car is my passion, I love it and every time I get in the car I love it.
“When I get out of the car, of course I also think ‘Is this something we should do, travel the world, waste resources?’”
The Aston Martin driver wore a t-shirt before last weekend’s Miami Grand Prix with the slogan “Miami 2060 – first grand prix underwater – Act Now or Swim Later” to highlight the effects of climate change.
He was also outspoken about the environment and renewable energy, as well as human rights and LGBTQ + issues.
Vettel said Formula 1, which is making a big push for sustainability, has also played an important social role as entertainment.
“There are things I do because I feel I can do them better. Do I need to take a plane every time? No, not when I can take the car,” added the driver, who is out of contract with his team at the end of the year.
Formula 1 aims to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2030, with 100% sustainable fuels starting in 2026, when a new engine is introduced.
Vettel also offered views on Brexit, the war in Ukraine, whether Finland should join NATO, energy dependence, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s involvement in a “partygate” scandal over violations of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. .