Nico Rosberg warned Lewis Hamilton that he could expect a lot of booing at the Dutch Grand Prix.
The Zandvoort audience is anticipated to be hostile against Hamilton, and the Dutch Grand Prix will be dominated by home favorite Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton has been advised to expect a hostile environment at this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix. The seven-time world champion is well-liked in the sport, but the locals in Zandvoort will be rooting for his title rival Max Verstappen.
Hamilton has already had a lot of flak from fans this season, and the trend appears to be continuing as F1 prepares for the 13th race of the season in the Netherlands.
After the high-profile collision between Hamilton and Verstappen at Silverstone, which sent the Red Bull driver into the tyre wall and out of the race, some fans at the Hungarian Grand Prix booed loudly in the first race.
Even though the Belgian Grand Prix ended up being a non-event of three circuits behind a safety car due to horrible weather conditions, the crowd was strongly behind Verstappen at Spa last time around.
With a sea of orange at the circuit and speed limit signs altered from 30 to Verstappen’s number 33 on local roads at the Dutchman’s home race this weekend, there’s no mistake who will benefit from the home crowd’s backing.
Jan Lammers, a former Formula One driver and current race director in the Netherlands, has advised fans to refrain from “vulgar boos” and show “decency” to Hamilton and other drivers than Verstappen.
Hamilton’s old teammate Nico Rosberg, who has raced in front of hostile crowds, says Hamilton should expect the worst at Zandvoort.
“The battle this year has been wonderful to watch,” he told De Telegraaf. Lewis is one of the greatest drivers of all time, and Max has the potential to follow in his footsteps. He’s already in the top ten.
“Lewis’ fans will be against him. Even if booing isn’t a positive part of the sport, I expect a lot of it. But we’re all aware that it’ll happen.
“I hope they don’t crash again, but it’ll almost definitely happen again soon.”
“Verstappen has always been a bold driver, and Hamilton has stated that he will not be held back any longer.
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