Max Verstappen is driving his home GP at Zandvoort this race weekend. It’s to be expected that the fans won’t be very happy with Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen has now said that he can’t help it if the fans will be against the Brit and boo him.
The Dutchman will go into his home race 3 points behind Hamilton and knows that the fans will welcome the seven-time world champion in their own way. He has said before that the fans should stop booing, but he still expects it at his home GP.
“When you go to a football match, you come into a home ground, the opposition will be booed at some point and it’s not up to the local club to go onto the speakers and say ‘guys you cannot boo’ because it will naturally happen. In football they are very passionate and they support their local team.
“I don’t think it’s up to me to say guys you cannot boo because I am not them and I have to just focus on what I’m doing on the track. I’m pretty sure most of them are here for a great weekend to see cars racing and of course some of them will boo but I cannot decide for them.
“You can say you cannot boo but do you really think they are going to listen to me? So I think just hope that they will have a good weekend.”
Verstappen also doesn’t give it an extra push when the fans would start booing.
“What I hope from the whole weekend is of course that everyone is having a good time and they enjoy seeing the cars on the track. Seeing us battle it out for the best possible result.”
Approximately 70,000 fans will be present for the entire race weekend, which means a capacity of two-thirds.
“It’s going to be great to see. Unfortunately, it’s not at full capacity, it’s not allowed. Nevertheless, it looks very impressive.”
Hamilton also had an opinion on the subject and says he will turn the booing into positive energy.
“It’s naturally something you can potentially expect, or you expect.
“I’ve never been someone who would go to an event and boo, but I understand it. You see it at football events. It’s just the passion that the fans have, or a dislike that some of them have of their opponents! But I respect it.
“I’ve always loved coming out to Holland. Amsterdam is one of the greatest cities. I know I do have some ‘Team LH’ fans in the Netherlands, which I really appreciate. It will probably be a small portion in the grandstands out there and I admire them being able to withstand the boos too! But that’s sport.
“What I do is I just try and turn that energy that they propel towards me, however you want to take it, and turn it into [a] positive, and try and put it into driving.”