Six-time Components A person globe champion Lewis Hamilton has a assortment of supercars well worth millions of dollars but he no for a longer time drives any of them.
The Mercedes driver, introduced this week as the new operator of a team in the electric off-street Extreme E collection setting up up next calendar year, explained to reporters he was undertaking his finest to be environmentally helpful.
“It’s hard for the reason that there are people today (who say) like ‘yeah, but you race a Components A person car close to every weekend’,” the 35-calendar year-previous Briton mentioned on Thursday at the Tuscan Grand Prix at Italy’s Mugello circuit.
“Some of it is education for the reason that not all people is aware of the footprint that our activity now has and what we are undertaking in phrases of trying to improve that. But I am producing a ton of alterations in my private lifetime.
“I you should not drive any of the cars that I possess any more. I only drive my (electric Mercedes) EQC.”
Components A person issued a sustainability prepare very last calendar year with the goal of acquiring a web zero-carbon footprint for the activity by 2030. It has also promised that all Components A person occasions would be sustainable by 2025.
Hamilton, a vegan, mentioned he also drove a Smart car and asked for to be gathered from airports in electric vehicles. He has bought his personal jet.
According to media reviews, he owns a Ferrari LaFerrari, Pagani Zonda, McLaren P1 and nineteen sixties Shelby Cobra amid other cars.
The championship chief mentioned he was impressed by Extreme E’s aims and goals, with every team crew possessing a obligatory female driver.
The races will be held in some of the most distant and harsh environments which includes the Brazilian rain forest, Greenland, Saudi Arabian deserts and mountains of Nepal to spotlight worldwide warming.
There will be no spectators but races will be broadcast on Tv set and social media, with cars transported close to the globe on a boat that doubles as a floating paddock.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Ed Osmond)