Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Newey, Mark Webber, Red Bull, Monza, 2013

Montezemolo disapproves of Vettel booing

2013 Italian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Newey, Mark Webber, Red Bull, Monza, 2013Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has spoken out against the booing which was targeted at Sebastian Vettel at Monza and other races.

The Italian Grand Prix was the latest in a series of races where Vettel has been the focus of booing from parts of the crowd.

“Maybe it would have been better, if there had been fewer boos for Vettel: congratulations to him and to Red Bull,” said Montezemolo at the Frankfurt Motor Show, “but to our critics and those with short memories, I would like to remind them that in the past few years, Ferrari has always been at the top.”

Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber also criticised the jeering directed at his team mate, saying: “the atmosphere I was not completely a fan of, to be honest”.

Montezemolo said Ferrari were not ready to surrender their chances in the world championship: “There are still a lot of races to go and we must never give up, right to the final kilometre.”

“I think that it will take an enormous effort from everyone, but we must have a competitive car. I have said it before and I say it again: I want to thank the fans, who have shown so much affection and understanding and this must push us to do even more.”

Montezemolo added ??2bn (??1.69bn / $2.65bn) will be invested in Ferrari’s activities over the next five years, excluding its Formula One operation.

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  1. Vettel’s only got himself to blame, the majority of the booing only started since he overtook his team-mate, who had been told they were holding station, and after issuing a grudging, barely-good-enough apology, then came out fighting and said he’d do the same again (which, to be honest, we knew anyway).

    Hamilton gets booed regularly at Monza, unless he crashes, in which case the tifosi go mental with joy. Haven’t heard anyone complaining how unfair that is, although Hamilton did draw attention to it on the podium last year, saying it was a shame.

    1. I agree… Vettel is a backstabber, and therefore a looser, no matter how much he wins… shame really!

      1. Vettel is a backstabber

        I don’t think trying to overtake your teammate in a motor race makes anyone a backstabber, unless we should ban overtaking altogether, since taking positions from others is too mean.

        1. way to miss the point!


          1. @trenthamfolk – And even then, calling him a “backstabber” is a double standard. If Webber couldn’t “maintain the gap”, then why should Vettel throw away a win because of another poorly applied team order?

    2. @kartguy07

      Vettel’s only got himself to blame, the majority of the booing only started since he overtook his team-mate, who had been told they were holding station

      Then Webber is a blithering idiot. Stevie Wonder would have seen Vettel’s attack coming… And it’s not like Webber is one to talk now is he. He’s all about team orders until they favor the other guy. That’s hypocrisy at its ‘finest’.

      Webber’s crying was just another attempt to discredit Vettel, because he knows he’s got no other legitimate way of fighting Vettel. And the ‘fans’ eat it up because they jump at any excuse to hate Vettel.

      In the end that makes Webber a hypocrite, that makes those who support Webber hypocrites and it makes Vettel what he is, a multiple championship winner who will not be told to hold station when his (much) slower team mate is in front and would ignore the team just as much or more.
      It’s like Vettel said, Webber would have done the same and has never helped Vettel. So it would be nothing short of madness to expect what Webber refuses to do from Vettel.

      1. Agreed. Just look at Silverstone 2011. And Webber did anything but help Vettel in Brazil last year when he had nothing to fight for himself.

        1. But people like Webber, and dislike Vettel… Go figure…

          1. @trenthamfolk Maybe some people don’t like someone who wins a lot and the Malaysia incident got a lot more coverage than Webber’s disobeying of team orders at Silverstone. It’s just Vettel got the job done in Malaysia while Webber couldn’t at Silverstone.

  2. For the record, the tifosi are known for booing any driver that beats a Ferrari at Monza. They booed Hamilton on the podium when he won and Alonso finished second last season. Look it up on YouTube if you wish, so all of this Multi-21 ** is simply that … if you dislike Vettel that is fine. Expressing that dislike by booing is pretty low rent and completely out of order in my opinion. Webber absolutely ignored team orders and aggressively tried to pass Vettel at Silverstone in 2011 … the only difference between that GP and Malaysia this season was that Vettel succeeded in getting past and took the win, Mark did not. Bitter fans and just that and the booing says far more about the fans than it ever will about Seb.

  3. How many multiple world champions were that nice? Let’s see the ones I remember. Schumacher was physically threatning, Senna was on the verge of paranoid, Prost was sly, Piquet was a slanderer and Lauda…well Lauda I don’t really remember but I’m sure we can accuse him of something. I don’t remember people being so intolerant with their wins. If all people have against Vettel is “multi-21” that can easily go down either as self-defense or payback.

    Could it be because Vettel seems pretty much like a normal bloke and that is what people dislike? That a down-to-earth guy can be this dominant?

    1. Dress it up all you like, many people don’t like Vettel and no one can make them. He’s in the spotlight and if he can’t handle it, he should get out… Although he seems absolutely fine, is the rabid fans who have the problem. Long may his reign continue, but the mass expression of an opinion is as legitimate as any other comment, mass made or otherwise. Get a grip.

  4. Maybe just maybe, if ‘Herr Finger’ was a little less arrogant and ceased the habit of sticking his finger up to people, they might have some respect for him. However the image of a “spoiled brat” comes across too easily in the eyes of the majority of the worlds F1 fans.

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