Lewis Hamilton says he doesn't mind being heckled by fans after being booed. In the 11th round of the 2021 F1 championship, Hamilton took home the 101st pole position of his career. Valtteri Bottas will start the race second, ahead of Max Verstappen.
Hamilton, popular for his efforts for social equality, expressed his support for the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary. In addition, Sebastian Vettel arrived on the track on Friday while wearing rainbow-colored shoes. Valtteri Bottas defended Hamilton amidst hostile fan reactions at the track.
"We are here as athletes to give everything we have for the sport we love and Lewis did an amazing lap and then you get booing, so the people should question themselves. It is not right, it is not fair and we don't want to see these kind of things."Valtteri Bottas defends his teammate
Boos clearly didn't upset Hamilton. After all, it's not the first time Hamilton was attacked by fans and certainly not the last. As a fact, Hamilton said he "never felt so great with the booing." Also, Hamilton added that such things only fuel him further.
Toto Wolff: "I think the booing has no place in sports."
Mercedes' boss Toto Wolff said that the boos directed to Hamilton are the consequence of the British Grand Prix. In the race, Hamilton clashed with Verstappen, with the latter retiring following the incident. Fans widely blamed Hamilton for the incident. Wolff said there's no place in sport for such reactions. However, he's well aware one can't control such things.
"The grandstands are packed with Dutch fans. So yeah, nobody likes that (booing), and people that have done sports competitively will never understand why that is. But you hear that in football stadiums and you hear that on the grandstands. It was an orange grandstand."
"It shows how passionate the fans are. Tribal instinct isn't necessarily something bad, I very much that instict for the team too. If it were tribal, if they were passionate, if they were applauding and screaming for the drivers, that would be great. I think the booing has no place in sports."
"I think it's a consequence of the events of the last few weeks. The incident was controversial, it was polarising. We see the consequences in terms of the emotional expressions of the grandstands, the emotional outbursts."Toto Wolff speaks about the boos