Sebastian Vettel is adamant that he is not taking recent booing personally, despite several major Formula 1 figures coming out in his support while slamming the actions of the ‘boo-brigade’.
At Spa, Monza and most recently Singapore, and also in Britain for June’s British Grand Prix, the reigning world champion was the obvious target of the spectators’ verbal disapproval.
But the Red Bull driver told Germany’s Sport Bild he is not taking it personally.
“If the sport is your passion and you have a favourite driver, it’s obvious you support them,” Vettel, 26, said. “So that means you’re against his opponents. I can live with that.”
However, Vettel’s boss Christian Horner hinted after Singapore that the booing is in fact getting to the runaway championship leader, whom he referred to as “only human”.
But Vettel denies it, “For me it’s simple. If I’m [in] the football stands and the decision of the referee goes against my team, I go with the group and call him an idiot as well. It’s nothing personal,” said Vettel.
Asked how he can deal so coolly with such a potentially emotional issue, he explained: “I’ve learned that I can’t please everyone.
“Let’s say you sign 100 autographs – the 101st [person] in line will be angry. That’s a fact. So it doesn’t matter what you do. The way I see it is if you are honest with yourself and can go to sleep with a clear conscience, that’s ok,” he added.
Slightly less calm about the booing issue is former triple World Champion, Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda.
“These people are booing their own idiotic boredom, not Vettel’s performance,” he told Osterreich newspaper, in his typical blunt style.
Other who have come out in Vettel’s support include motorsport legend Hans Stück who advised, “All I can say is, dear Sebastian, don’t worry about [it].”
“The booing is increasingly annoying,” admitted Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko.
After Monza Mark Webber,who has had his differences with Vettel over the years as his teammate, said, “Sebastian won the race and the atmosphere is not completely correct but anyway…that’s their choice.” (GMM)
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