Some booing was directed at Vettel following his victory at Singapore today, though not as loudly as in Italy two weeks ago.
Lauda, a non-executive chairman of Red Bull’s rivals Mercedes, said the booing was “ridiculous”.
“These people don’t understand what the guy is doing,” said Lauda. “I honestly take my hat off at his performance because the guy was leading the race from the first lap on, out-drove everybody, he could have lapped everybody.”
“And if I could choose I would give him the world championship today for this drive because he is for me outstanding.”
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has also criticised the booing, as has Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber.
Vettel said he took the booing as “a compliment, that’s the way I take it, because they are jealous because we win in front of whoever they support”.
“I think it’s not worth thinking about it that much, in the end,” he added. “We love winning and we achieved that today, we can be very proud of that.”
2013 Singapore Grand Prix
- Penalty for third reprimand “disappointing” – Webber
- Di Resta still unsure over cause of Singapore crash
- Singapore showed Vettel’s true advantage – Hamilton
- Fourth Driver of the Weekend win for Vettel
- Second-lowest ever rating for Singapore Grand Prix
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