A 4-time Formula 1 world champion stayed behind to help tidy up garbage after the British Grand Prix

Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel wearing a T-shirt reading 'Please don't litter, keep it clean' before the British Grand Prix
Vettel has spoken previously of what F1 can do to be more environmentally conscious Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel stayed behind after the British Grand Prix to help clean the stands.

Vettel, who has previously spoken of his environmental concerns when it comes to the sport, was filmed carrying four bags worth of rubbish that had been left behind.

“Come on Seb, I want a pint,” the man filming can be heard saying to Vettel in the video.

Vettel’s reply to the man is inaudible as he is wearing a mask, but it causes the video recorder to laugh.

The Aston Martin driver’s decision to stay behind was made all the more commendable considering he was forced to retire from the race due to an overheating issue in his engine.

The race at Silverstone saw the return of fans and 140,000 were in attendance for Sunday’s race to watch Lewis Hamilton’s controversial win.

Vettel, who won four consecutive drivers championships while racing for Red Bull, is passionate supporter of environmental causes.

Speaking before last year’s Italian Grand Prix, Vettel said: “F1 is held around the globe every year and in many different countries and as a global sport we should act responsibly.

“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.

In another example of Vettel’s distaste for waste, albeit a much stranger one, he chastised F1 commentator Ted Kravitz for wasting a block of cheese which Kravitz was using as a prop while discussing a new feature of F1 cars for the 2021 season.