6-time Formulation 1 planet champion Lewis Hamilton has a assortment of supercars well worth thousands and thousands of pounds but he no lengthier drives any of them.
The Mercedes driver, announced this week as the new owner of a group in the electric off-street Extraordinary E series commencing up following yr, explained to reporters he was doing his ideal to be environmentally friendly.
“It really is tricky due to the fact there are folks (who say) like ‘yeah, but you race a Formulation 1 motor vehicle around each weekend’,” the 35-yr-outdated Briton mentioned on Thursday at the Tuscan Grand Prix at Italy’s Mugello circuit.
“Some of it’s schooling due to the fact not everybody is familiar with the footprint that our sport at this time has and what we are doing in phrases of seeking to boost that. But I’m making a ton of modifications in my private life.
“I don’t push any of the cars and trucks that I personal anymore. I only push my (electric Mercedes) EQC.”
Formulation 1 issued a sustainability approach last yr with the goal of reaching a web zero-carbon footprint for the sport by 2030. It has also promised that all Formulation 1 situations would be sustainable by 2025.
Hamilton, a vegan, mentioned he also drove a Good motor vehicle and requested to be gathered from airports in electric cars. He has sold his private jet.
According to media reports, he owns a Ferrari LaFerrari, Pagani Zonda, McLaren P1 and sixties Shelby Cobra between other cars and trucks.
The championship chief mentioned he was amazed by Extraordinary E’s aims and aims, with every single group crew having a required female driver.
The races will be held in some of the most remote and severe environments which include the Brazilian rain forest, Greenland, Saudi Arabian deserts and mountains of Nepal to highlight international warming.
There will be no spectators but races will be broadcast on Tv and social media, with cars and trucks transported around the planet on a boat that doubles as a floating paddock.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Ed Osmond)