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Hamilton, Domenicali and Lauda criticize booing of Vettel

Sep 23, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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More of Red Bull’s rivals have spoken out against the treatment of Vettel by some spectators following his latest grand prix victory.

Vettel was booed by some people in the crowd after taking his seventh win of the season in Singapore.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was among those to criticize the jeering Vettel faced.

“We must recognise that our opponents have done a better job than we have and compliment them because in sport you have to accept when your opponent does better than you,” said Domenicali. “That’s the same for the fans.”

“I wasn’t happy to hear that Vettel was booed under the Singapore podium as well,” added Domenicali, who described Vettel’s performance as “perfect”.

Lewis Hamilton said it was wrong for people to boo Vettel for winning.

“No one should be booed for their success, no matter how easy or hard it has been for them to get there,” said Hamilton. “Booing is so negative, especially when someone works so hard to be a success.”

Niki Lauda described the booing as “ridiculous”. “These people don’t understand what the guy is doing,” said the three-times champion, who is now non-executive director at Mercedes.

“I could choose I would give him the world championship today for this drive because he is for me outstanding.”

  1. indycarseries500 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Vettel is a grown man, can take and even has stated it gives him motivation. Fans are dropping $300-XXXamount dollars on tickets they can choose to cheer or boo whoever/whatever they want.

  2. bobgood1 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    It is poor sportsmanship to Boo a outstanding driver who keeps winning. Just because your favorite driver isn’t winning. Great skill should be recognized. The increase in Rude behavior is alarming in this country.

  3. indycarseries500 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    It’s sport, the way people talk about it you’d think Vettel is being booed because he cured cancer before Kimi. His great skill is recognized, there’s like twenty articles on this site alone talking about his dominance, he’s gets tons of adulation, a trophy and 25 points. What is “this country” Singapore? Canada? United Kingdom? Italy? because I’m pretty sure he hasn’t been to the US since the whole Multi-21 thing and I’m 100% sure he’s never won in the US.

  4. twosco2 - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Back when I watched NASCAR, Jeff Gordon was booed. Understandable, I guess, because he was beating all the bubbas. (F1 practice is more entertaining than Sprint Cup races) But Singapore, what’s that all about? I agree, cheer or boo whoever you want. I would just like to understand the reasoning behind some of it. Do you boo the winners and cheer for the losers? Strange world.

  5. apexassassin - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    It’s a sad tactic by classless fans. Real sportsmen (and women) shun that sort of thing… though I’ll say in football being unsporting is encouraged, so it’s mentality for some of us Americans… as for anyone else, what can I say? Hooliganism? Poor taste? Pathetic jealousy? All the above?

    If you want to disagree, that’s fine… just do the world and the future a favor and go look up the definition of “sportsmanship”.

  6. techmeister1 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    With Vettel turning into an ego maniac assclown I can understand some folks booing him. I’ll bet after Webber leaves we’ll get some inside info. on how Red Bull is cheating and not getting caught.

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