‘We’re better than that… I don’t agree’: Lewis Hamilton urges Formula One fans not to boo Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix after the world champion was jeered during his post-qualifying interview
- Max Verstappen was jeered after giving a post-qualifying interview on Saturday
- Lewis Hamilton told fans not to boo his rival ahead of Sunday’s race day
- Toto Wolff echoed his driver’s sentiments saying people should not boo
Lewis Hamilton has leaped to the defence of his rival Max Verstappen urging Formula One fans not to boo the Dutchman.
Verstappen received a hostile reception while fulfilling media duties after qualifying second for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Mercedes driver and Verstappen are fierce rivals after they battled for the drivers’ championship last season with the Red Bull man just edging out Hamilton on the final race – and lap – of the season.
Lewis Hamilton urged fans at Silverstone not to boo his Formula One rival Max Verstappen
Speaking after qualifying fifth for Sunday’s race, Hamilton said: ‘I think we’re better than that. I would say we don’t need to do the booing.
‘We have such great fans, our sporting fans feel emotions up and down, but I definitely don’t agree with booing. I don’t think we need to do that.’
‘I think we should be here pushing everybody. It doesn’t make any difference when you boo someone, they’ve already made the mistake, or whatever it is,’ he added.
The British driver said he ‘definitely’ did not agree with the booing of the Red Bull driver
Max Verstappen seemed unperturbed by the booing of him while he was carrying out media duties on Saturday
‘But I really do appreciate the support I have here. Maybe some of them are still feeling the pain from last year, still.’
Hamilton’s Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff echoed the sentiments of his star driver, saying there should not be any booing at any sporting occasions.
‘I think we shouldn’t be seeing any booing in any sports. I think that’s unsportsmanlike,’ he said.
‘It’s clear we love the support the drivers have here and the enthusiasm, that’s fantastic,’ he added.
‘But if you are not into the other guys I think it’s best to remain silent. I think that’s the best way. The booing, I think none of the drivers deserve booing, no matter what happened last year.’
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have enjoyed a fierce rivalry during their time together
Nevertheless, Verstappen seemed unperturbed by the reaction of some fans to his presence, saying he did not care if people liked him or not.
‘It was a bit disappointing because I couldn’t really understand Billy,’ he said. ‘If they want to boo me, they can do that. For me it is not going to change anything.’
He added: ‘I’m always happy to be here, it’s a great track, it’s a great atmosphere in general. Maybe some of them don’t like me, that’s fine, they all have their own opinions. I don’t care.’
Toto Wolff echoed the sentiments of his star driver in saying there was no need for the booing
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