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Nico Rosberg has Sebastian Vettel F1 exit hope amid Lewis Hamilton battle

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After winning the inaugural Extreme E race in Saudi Arabia, beating Lewis Hamilton’s team, Nico Rosberg says he’s keen for fellow German Sebastian Vettel to ‘follow in his footsteps’ and leave Formula One.

Rosberg, who stepped away from F1 a week after winning the 2016 title, has now turned his attention to electric racing, forming a team in the new series Extreme E, the all electric off-road racing series that focuses on issues surrounding climate change and gender equality.

Vettel meanwhile has shown similar interests to Rosberg, and recently signed a new deal to highlight the sustainable use of plastics with Austrian water company BWT.

And after a disastrous start to his 2021 season with Aston Martin, Rosberg admits he’s keen for his compatriot to take up a more environmentally friendly form of motorsport.

“Maybe we’ll get him in there somehow,” Rosberg told F1-Insider.com.

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“It’s nice to see that Sebastian is also following in my footsteps when it comes to sustainability, because he has a huge fan base and can influence so many people in a positive way. It’s always great when more athletes join in and push the topic.”

Rosberg has joined Hamilton’s plight for sustainability and conservation, with both becoming team owners, alongside Jenson Button at Extreme E.

And the German explained why he thought sport in general was a great platform to highlight issues.

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“Everyone has to deal with it – every company, every person, every sport,” Rosberg added. “Sport in particular is an opportunity because we have such a huge reach.

“24 of the 25 biggest TV broadcasts of all time are sports events. Sport has a lot of power. That is why every sport has to do more and more to ensure that we serve the bigger picture and protect our future. And yes, motorsport has to take part too. Not just with technology transfer, as Formula E does or Formula 1 with lightweight materials, turbo engines and currently hybrids.

“Now the next step has to come. I would like Formula 1 to use synthetic fuels. Because there is still a lot to be done, the price has to be reduced and more efficient manufacturing options have to be found. If this could be used for developing countries, for example, it would be a great bridge until electric cars make the breakthrough there too.

“If Formula 1 could play a pioneering role in this regard, that would be mega.

“Lewis and Formula 1 did a great job last year with the black lives matter movement and the fight for more diversity. You can do the same with the environment. That actually makes a difference, because millions of people are watching.”

Repeated the same quote three times, dunno if there was another line that was supposed to be here instead

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