WATCH: Sebastian Vettel Stays Behind to Help Clear-Up Litter From F1 Fans at Silverstone

Published 07/19/2021, 6:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Sebastian Vettel is just an ordinary Formula One driver, but he is also an environmentalist. The German famously built a hotel for bees near the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and now has won the hearts of fans as he was seen picking up the litter at Silverstone.


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The four-time world champion was certainly disappointed not to finish the race. However, he didn’t let his emotions ruin his day, and went out of his way to clean up the mess left by fans after the British Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel seen cleaning the litter left by fans at Silverstone


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The German failed to seize any points for Aston Martin this weekend as he suffered a DNF. However, instead of sulking in pain, the 33-year-old racing driver went to the stands to pick up the trash, as the fans were leaving.

As the sun came down at Silverstone, and teams were packing the gear to leave the circuit. Vettel, on the other hand, was spotted as he helped clean up the trash that was left behind by the fans.

Some fans got a glimpse of the German and were cheering him on, but the German didn’t pay attention to them; he was focused on picking up the garbage.

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The German feels that Formula One should do more for the environment

Along with Lewis Hamilton, Vettel feels that they can conduct the sport in a more sustainable manner. F1 does leave a massive carbon footprint as it travels from place to place to host a Grand Prix. Hence, the German feels that they should take an intuitive to help preserve the planet.

As quoted by the BBC, Vettel said, “F1 is held around the globe every year and in many different countries and as a global sport we should act responsibly. F1 should be setting examples rather than reacting to pressure from the outside.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“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.”


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He added, “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,” the German explained.

Do you think Vettel will inspire other drivers on the grid to talk about the importance of the environment? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.