Verstappen, Bottas criticize booing towards Hamilton

Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talk in the press conference after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 31, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Sutton – Pool/Getty Images) Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen has shared his disappointment towards the booing Lewis Hamilton received after qualifying in Hungary.

Tomorrow’s starting grid consists of a front-row Mercedes lockout with Hamilton starting in pole and Valtteri Bottas in P2. Championship leader Verstappen will start the race in P3 with his teammate right behind him.

Post the end of the qualifying session, Hamilton was booed by some fans. The Briton in the post-race interview explained that he uses these boos as his source of motivation. He went a step further saying that he feels like he is moving in the right direction after hearing the boos.

“People act wild when it’s a sport. It’s competition, and I don’t take it to heart. I must be doing something right to be upfront,” Hamilton said.

Bottas condemned the situation saying that he is unappreciative of the unfair nature of the fans.

“I heard a lot of booing at the end of the qualifying and I don’t understand it. I would like the people to question themselves, their behavior, because I don’t think it’s fair.

“We are here as an athlete to give every single bit we have for the sport we love. And Lewis, he did an amazing lap at the end and then you get booing. So, I think the people, just question yourself.

“It’s not right, it’s not fair and we don’t want to see these kinds of things.”

Verstappen was also highly discouraging of the fans’ behavior explaining that they are racers who have objectives to meet on track and that the fans are wrong for attempting to influence Hamilton in such an unprofessional manner.

“It’s not correct, of course. But at the end of the day, we are drivers, you shouldn’t get disturbed by these kinds of things. You should just focus on what you have to do and that’s deliver in the car.

“Luckily, of course, we wear helmets when you’re driving, where it matters you don’t hear anything. That’s maybe a bit different to other sports so probably we are quite lucky with that.”

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