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With retirement announced for the end of this year, Sebastian Vettel spoke in an interview before the Dutch GP that he would not accept an “ambassador” role in Formula E. The comment made by the four-time world champion in formula 1 did not please the Brazilian, and pilot in the electric category Lucas Di Grassiwho used social media to counter the German.
When asked if a possible participation in the FE was on Vettel’s mind, the German driver ruled out the possibility.
“I don’t want to be the face of something that doesn’t fully convince me,” he said. “I don’t understand the meaning behind it. [da Fórmula E]. The battery technology being developed has nothing to do with the technology a normal car could use.”
The answer given by Vettel generated repercussions on social media and Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi used his profile to rebut the German’s comment, punctuated even the stance of the Aston Martin driver who has been showing himself increasingly closer to environmental issues.
“If Vettel doesn’t want to come to Formula E, it’s his choice. Although he’s the second highest paid single-seater in the world, he’s still far from a high salary in F1. Now, to say that car technology is less relevant to the future of automobiles, he either has no idea what he’s talking about or he’s trying to mislead the general public on purpose. And/or all those green things he’s been doing lately – picking up trash, riding his bike etc – is completely greenwashing, not what he really believes in. So whatever he likes or not about the series, he should support it. That is all.”
Over the course of this season, Sebastian Vettel has appeared several times in the paddock with shirts asking for changes by local governments – such as Miami and Canada – so that they could avoid future environmental disasters and, in some cases, he was pointed out as a hypocrite for running with the colors of Aston Martin which is sponsored by Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the field in terms of crude oil reserves and production.
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