World Formula 1 is becoming environmentally conscious: Already in 2021 no more plastic bottles
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On the way to CO2 neutrality by 2030 at the latest, Formula 1 has decided on various measures, which should lead to a significant reduction in plastic waste at Grand Prix events as early as 2021.
With the start of test drives in Bahrain this week, the use of single-use plastic bottles is prohibited in the entire paddock. Instead, refilling stations have been set up around the track, in offices and in the paddock, where people can get water on site.
In addition, cameramen and other staff who work in remote areas along the route are provided with particularly large drinking bottles that contain enough water for the whole day. These measures should also be implemented at all other racing events this year.
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The paddock passes for teams, drivers, media representatives and fans were also made exclusively from recycled plastic for this year; single-use plastic was not used here. More than 143,000 plastic bottles are said to have been used to make the passports.
One of the pioneers of this development is the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The Aston Martin newcomer has long been calling for more environmentally friendly practice on the racetracks. Green technologies in cars would not be enough.
"Outside of the cars, we attract a lot of people to the tracks. They see the races, support the drivers, support the teams," Vettel said to 'Motorsport-Total.com' last year.
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However, such big events would always cause "a lot of rubbish", he pointed out. "People love to have a drink, be it beer or something else. And it is usually served in plastic containers. That has to stop," clarified Vettel. Formula 1 must find solutions and "be the first, not the last".
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