Sebastian Vettel’s presence in Monte Carlo obviously did not go unnoticed. Accompanied by dad Norbert, Seb visited all his former teams, met with Lewis Hamilton and finished his ‘tour’ with a dinner at a Ferrari. Vettel’s return to the Formula 1 paddock was not just a pleasure visit, however. Formula 1 has been thinking about a role to offer to the four-times world champion for some time, with Stefano Domenicali personally involved.
It emerged from the paddock that Sebastian was offered the role of ‘Sustainability Manager’, i.e. the person in charge of the delicate sustainability projects that Formula 1 has been carrying out for some years now. The ‘carbon neutral’ goal set for 2030 is very ambitious, but beyond this target there is the will and the need to commit to new initiatives that can guarantee Formula 1 a future in line with what will be changes taking place in all sectors.
Vettel’s figure fits perfectly with this task. Obviously Seb has a long experience on the track, but at the same time he has been involved for a few years in many ‘green’ initiatives that see him personally involved. The rumors gathered speak of an offer formulated by Domenicali for a far-reaching task, now the ball is in the hands of Vettel, who could return to the paddock full-time (albeit in a different capacity) after a break of a few months .
What Vettel could accept is not a marginal role, given that one of Formula 1’s greatest fears is that of being targeted by ‘green’ campaigns. Liberty Media is playing in advance, and undoubtedly in this scenario a figure like that of Vettel would bring added value not only as an image. For Sebastian there would be a very operational role on a front that he has already supported in his last few seasons on the track.