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Italian Grand Prix: Heckling sours Vettel's moment of glory

As they so often do, the Tifosi made their feelings known loud and clear at the end of the Italian Grand Prix. And it wasn't a very pleasant or comfortable experience for the race winner.
Monza wasn't the first time that Sebastian Vettel has been booed on the podium after a Grand Prix in 2013, but the Tifosi certainly managed to take it to a whole new level in Monza on Sunday.

"On Sunday the booing for the victorious Vettel carried an intensity rare even for these parts," Jonathan McEvoy wrote in the UK's Daily Mail newspaper on Monday morning.

"F1 has a new mantra: anyone but Vettel," suggested The Times' Kevin Eason. "It might be an unkind sentiment but the Monza tifosi took it to a higher and more unpleasant level as their boos tarnished the prize presentation ceremony."

But Vettel insisted that he wasn't upset or phased by the cacophony that greeted him after the Italian Grand Prix.

"It's extreme here," he said. "When you just walk around outside the track you see all the shops and all the Ferrari stuff for little boys and little girls, so straight after labour they get their Ferrari dress - it's in their genes.

"Obviously Fernando was up there and it's clear most of the Tifosi support Ferrari. I said to the guys on the in-lap the more booing we get the better we have done today, so it's obviously proof we have been very strong today."

It's somewhat ironic that Vettel should come under such attack at Monza, given that he won his first ever F1 Grand Prix here in 2008 which made him the youngest winner in the championship's history at the age of 21 years and 73 days. But that was a long time ago, and it was when Vettel was racing for an Italian squad in Scuderia Toro Rosso.

"Fortunately I had an experience in 2008 which blew me away completely when we won here in an Italian team with a Ferrari engine so the atmosphere was fantastic," he agreed. "It's normal. I don't blame the people to be honest.

"Obviously Fernando is in a great position on the podium, whereas if you're dressed in any other colour it's not the same," he added. "But still, it's a fantastic race, a fantastic podium here."

The first time there was significant booing of Vettel on the podium this season was at the Malaysian Grand Prix in March in the wake of his decision to ignore team orders and force his way past team mate Mark Webber for the win. There was also noticeable anti-Vettel sentiment among the Silverstone crowd at the British Grand Prix in June.





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richard

September 09, 2013 3:40 PM

mike. look again! he was looking down at his team, and had a smile on his face. he was just acknowledging that he had come first. does that all the time. and it was his index finger. still, if it suits you to invent something........



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