Vettel: I’m old fashioned and I don’t like Formula-E at all, I think it’s not the future

Sebastian Vettel likes the loud sound of F1

Sebastian Vettel likes the loud sound of F1

Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel gave a planned new electric series a firm thumbs-down on Saturday, saying that ‘silent’ motor racing left him cold.

The FIA-sanctioned Formula E championship is due to start next year with 10 teams racing in 10 city centres around the world.

Formula 1 teams McLaren and Williams are involved as technology partners in the consortium building the cars for the series while retired four times World Champion Alain Prost is linked to one of the teams.

Vettel predicted it would be no match for the high-decibel series he and his Red Bull team have dominated for the last four years.

“I don’t like it at all. I think it’s not the future,” the German said after securing his 43rd career pole at the Indian Grand Prix to put himself in prime position for his fourth successive Formula 1 title.

“I think the people come here to feel Formula 1 and there’s not much to feel when a car goes by and you don’t even hear anything else but the wind.

Formula E

Formula E car

“Maybe I’m very old fashioned, but I think Formula 1 needs to scream, needs to be loud, there needs to be the vibration,” he said.

Vettel recalled his first Formula 1 experience in 1992 at Hockenheim and the thrill he got from the noise from the practice session.

“Even though it was wet and the cars didn’t go out, but once they did their installation laps it was a great feeling just to be there and hear them coming through the forest and feel it through the ground. That’s why I’m not a big fan at all.”

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was not so dismissive of the new, more environment-friendly concept.

“Well, it’s an interesting thing, for sure, something new and I know there’s a lot of interest…” said Rosberg who will share the front row with Vettel in Sunday’s race.

“It’s planned to be in the cities so it’s bringing the race to the people, not the people to the race and of course it’s a bit of the future, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. We need to wait and see.”

Formula E organisers say that their series, due to start in smoggy Beijing next September, will highlight clean energy and sustainable mobility as well as representing a vision for the future of the motor industry. (Reuters)

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  • Wayne-in-NH-USA

    Even though I am not a fan of Vettel, I agree with him on this issue. To be as ridiculous as electric F1, why not have wind up spring loaded cars? How far will the batteries take the cars? How many fires will happen? With the experiences that electric production cars have had, how reliable will this (new?) F1 cars be?

  • Dr. Azlan

    Formula E is the future because any car manufacturer will want the technology that comes out of it, doing away with the fuel combustion.

  • dan

    formula-e is the next big thing! it will change the world and move forward the healthy technology.

  • Wayne-in-NH-USA

    Dr. Azian & dan: When will the technology be practical? I’ve heard this claims about electric vehicles since the late 1960’s and to what success? Change the world – just like the Sedgeway personal transporter would change the world.

  • spornbot

    Formula-E is the next BIG FAILURE! It is only slightly worse than that 6cyl garbage F1 has such a hard on for.

  • Bec

    The ‘Fan-Boost’ idea is ridiculous.

    Basically the winner decided by a Eurovision Song Contest phone vote.

  • SteveO

    Amen Vettel!!!! I couldn’t agree more and won’t give Formula E once second of my time or one peso of my dinero.

  • farizY

    Same thing happen when people wanted to introduce combustion engine, a lot of them oppose the idea, but look at us a 100+ years later, most of the vehicles running internal combustion engine.
    It is good to see new tech.

  • captain tortuga

    I think this Formula-E is kinda ok, and for sure it is a good idea.
    At the very least it is ‘pure’ .. just electric.. not some potpouri of flavors like F1 will become next year.

    honestly im looking much more forward to the new Formula-E than the next year of jibber-jabber-F1..

  • Dr. Azlan

    Ultimately we are talking about the electric car being the mainstream vehicle on the streets, globally.

    Well I must say that that must become a reality, and Formula E is the tool that will speed the process to achieve that goal.

    With ever increasing global appetite for oil plus geo-political uncertainties, electric car surely is the way forward. The survival of car manufacturers and governments rely on this to work.