Max Verstappen isn’t going to persuade spectators at the Dutch Grand Prix not to boo Lewis Hamilton.
The Dutchman, who is three points behind his British opponent, does not believe it is his responsibility to advise the crowd not to boo the Mercedes driver, comparing the situation to football.
At the Dutch Grand Prix, Max Verstappen said that he will not persuade his home fans not to boo Lewis Hamilton. With the rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, Formula One returned from its four-week summer hiatus.
The Dutchman was named the winner of the race, which was called off due to severe weather, which limited spectators to only two circuits behind the safety car.
This was enough mileage to legally classify the Grand Prix and award half points to the top ten drivers, according to F1 regulations.
Verstappen has now narrowed the margin on Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship to just three points.
The 23-year-old played down the predicted hatred of Dutch fans towards his British opponent ahead of F1’s return to the Netherlands this weekend.
“When you go to a football match and enter the home field, the opponents will be booed at some point, and it is not up to the local club to go on the speakers and say ‘guys, you cannot boo,’ because it will naturally happen,” Verstappen explained.
“They are also incredibly passionate about football and support their local team.
“I don’t think it’s up to me to say, ‘Guys, you can’t boo,’ because, at the end of the day, I’m not them, and I need to concentrate on what I’m doing on the track.
“I’m very confident the most of them are here for a fun weekend of watching cars race, and some of them will, of course, boo.
“I can’t make decisions for them. You say you can do it and then say, “You cannot do this,” but do you think they’ll listen to you?
“All I ask is that they have a pleasant weekend.”
When Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, took pole position at the Hungaroring, he was booed by the crowd.
While he maintains that he has no control over the Dutch fans, Verstappen indicated that he does not want the atmosphere at Zandvoort to affect Hamilton’s performance.
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