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Sebastian Vettel Stayed Behind After British Grand Prix To Help Clear Litter From Stands

Jack Kenmare

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Sebastian Vettel Stayed Behind After British Grand Prix To Help Clear Litter From Stands

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel was spotted clearing litter from the Silverstone stands after he took part in the British Grand Prix.

It was a tough afternoon for the four-time world champion, who pulled out of the race at lap 40 when his Aston Martin suffered a cooling issue.

Vettel was also involved in a wheel-to-wheel collision with Fernando Alonso in the opening stages and as a result, the German driver was pushed to the back.

He soon expressed his disappointment after the race. "The weekend was looking promising and, without all the problems, I should have finished well inside the points," said Vettel.

"I am very disappointed to lose the car in a wheel-to-wheel battle with Fernando [Alonso]. I am not sure exactly what happened, but I misjudged it, lost grip, and spun. After that, I was right at the back.

"In the end, we did not finish the race because the team retired the car with a cooling issue."

Image credit: PA
Image credit: PA

Despite a frustrating afternoon at the home of British Motor Racing, Vettel spent a number of hours cleaning up at Silverstone after fans made a mess.

Footage of the former Red Bull and Ferrari driver picking up litter from the stands soon emerged on social media.

A class act.

Vettel has since stressed the importance of looking after the environment.

"I think it is important that we all respect the environment and don't rely on other people to clear up after us," he said via @sebvettelnews. "We have to start somewhere and each one of us can make a difference now.

Last year, the 34-year-old also suggested F1 should do more for the environment, mentioning the use of plastic bottles at weekends and how panels are powered in the paddock.

"F1 is held around the globe every year and in many different countries and as a global sport we should act responsibly," he said.

"F1 should be setting examples rather than reacting to pressure from the outside.

"When it comes to the environment, we are burning fuel which is a very small amount of the total carbon footprint but still we need to start acting more and more setting the right example, not just on carbon footprint, but on other things.

"Small things - but I do think every little bit makes a difference - the amount of plastic bottles we consume during the weekends there are solutions to that, how we power some panels in the paddock, there are solutions to that.

"F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport in terms of the development of the cars, and when you talk about the cars there is more than can be done to have a greater relevance in the future."

Featured Image Credit: AstonMartinF1/Twitter

Topics: Formula One, Sebastian Vettel, F1

Jack Kenmare
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