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F1 British GP: Hamilton, Rosberg play down boos but fear it may continue

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both shrugged off being booed on the podium in recent races and feel most fans are showing the right passion.
Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both shrugged off the impact of being booed on the podium in recent races and feel the majority of fans are showing the right passion and support.

After Hamilton was greeted by boos on the podium in Austria after his last-lap clash with Rosberg the German driver was met with a similar retaliation by a small section of fans at Silverstone who voiced their opinion when the F1 championship leader was introduced on the podium.

Rosberg has played down the number of people booing him at Silverstone – while conversely saying 'the whole crowd' jeered Hamilton is Spielberg – and says overall he got a positive reception from the British fans.

“Lewis had it in Austria, where the whole crowd was booing him and the thing is the majority of the British were really, really supportive of me this weekend so I don't want to catch on to those 15-20 people or more that dislike,” Rosberg said. “It's not really the right thing to do because I should mention how much I appreciate the majority of the people that support me.

“Not only do they love their British drivers but they really just appreciate passionate drivers who are out there battling, doing their best and fighting for the win. They recognise that and that's cool, it's pretty unique, how excited they are out there is impressive.”

Similarly, Hamilton hopes fans at upcoming circuits will not taunt any of the F1 drivers and wasn't happy to hear his team-mate booed at Silverstone.

“I tried to like calm it down because in all honesty I feel like it has been such a great day,” Hamilton said. “I feel like we are better than that. I didn't really hear a lot of boos.

“What you have to understand is they are mad passionate fans and something wasn't right in the last one. I imagine when we get to Germany, maybe we will have the same thing. I hope not because I think in sport in general, it is not the done thing.”
by Haydn Cobb



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theeagle

July 11, 2016 1:10 PM

Its a farce regardless, fans being duped (best part of £200 for just General Admission) is not good value, race run under safety car for 6 laps just cos of a bit of standing water on an otherwise relatively dry track (for 'safety reasons') , races being won by Mercedes before they've even begun, ,,,,I could go on. No wonder Bernie (Ecclestone) said he wouldnt even pay for his own family to attend. What a joke F1 is.

Oli

July 11, 2016 6:14 PM

The booing is nothing to do with F1, it's a part of 'modern society' where people who have done nothing with their lives decide that because their favourite driver (whoever they are) has lost, they're going to boo the guy that beat him, or they guy they think robbed him. Ignore the fact that all these guys deserve respect, that they all work their ****s off to get to where they have, that they're the best in the world... I guess it's easier to hate if you have no idea what sacrifices these guys have had to make to get where they are. The people who boo F1 drivers are probably the same ones who moan about politicians, who moan about people with money and who want to fight everyone when their football team loses. Modern world idiots.



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