Lauda adds to criticism of Vettel booing

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013Niki Lauda has joined the criticism of the booing targeted at Sebastian Vettel following his recent race victories.

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.”

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267 comments on Lauda adds to criticism of Vettel booing

  1. Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 22nd September 2013, 21:11

    I can’t see any reason other than the fact that he’s winning and dominating. But they’re making noise, so he’s doing something right. And if that doing something right is winning, then for hopefully for him, long may it continue.

  2. Is there anyone who has been at these races and can shed any light on who is actually doing the booing? And if there has been any reaction (negative or otherwise) from nearby fans?

  3. Hal Buruto said on 22nd September 2013, 22:27

    It’s more the Alonso fans that does the booing (or Ferrari fans) — one of those two as they wear red.

  4. Dusty in California (@dusty-in-california) said on 22nd September 2013, 22:53

    Vettel is unlikeable – it doesn’t surprise me at all that people boo him.

  5. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 22nd September 2013, 23:23

    Vettel’s doing a great job – it’s just so dreafully boring. Give me 20 weekends of BTCC instead.

  6. Paul2013 said on 22nd September 2013, 23:29

    At least the good thing for Vettel is that the Australian GP was last March, imagine Albert Park right now.

  7. oliveiraz33 (@oliveiraz33) said on 22nd September 2013, 23:55

    I think most of you guys are totaly wrong when you think that people booing at vettel’s dominance… There are so many dominant drivers that are love and hated, but never booing to them…

    Valentino Rosso did the biggest dominance ever in MotoGP, and everybody loves them… The biggest party in MotoGP would happen if Rossi would win every single race…

    People Booo Vettel because of his personality, because his imaturity, because his favoured against Webber (especialy when webber is seen as a cool dude), because of his finger that a lot of people hate, because he is a PR robot, because he has no personality… that’s the main reason, but of course, being very sucessfull adds up to the hate…

    A lot of people dislike schumacher, he won more than double of championships that vettel won… but you didn’t hear the booing vettel does…

    Get in your head… People don’t like Vettel because who he is, not because of his performance…
    Alonso, Schumacher, Hamilton, Kimmi can won 5 straight titles and not get a single boo…

    The boo got especialy noticeable after malasya this year…. when you get in the podium and say that mark should win, and after that say’s he didn’t know anything about the radio orders, then he have heard the orders, then he says that he would have done the same thing…. well… a mess… like I said, PR robot…

    • oliveiraz33 (@oliveiraz33) said on 22nd September 2013, 21:09

      With this… I agree that Booing is a very dirty thing in a noble sport like F1… But like me, I also don’t feel any love for him, and even if he doesn’t win any race or sason at all from now on, people will still hate on him…

      • There is something very seriously wrong with people who love or hate any F1 driver. (Their immediate friends and family excepted) I don’t love or hate any driver. Or any sports figure. Or any public person. People who imagine that they do have such emotions for somebody they have never met need to get a life.

        • Paul2013 said on 23rd September 2013, 2:19

          I agree with you, there is something very seriously wrong with people who love or hate. I tell myself every night, We should be vulcans!

          But I must confess I love Alonso, Nico and Button, I like Hamilton and I hate Vettel’s finger, I also love Nadal and Federer but I hate Djokovic, I really like Valentino Rossi and Marquez but I hate Lorenzo and his “lorenzo’s land” flag.

          I must admit I will never ever be Vulcan, I will remain Human for a while and I will support free spech for everyone to cheer or critisize anyone.

          • Albert said on 23rd September 2013, 7:49

            I must admit I will never ever be Vulcan, I will remain Human for a while and I will support free spech for everyone to cheer or critisize anyone.

            Waaay to miss the point. Human feel, indeed. But they also think. And the point was, that logically, it’s nonsense to have strong feelings (love or hate) for people we don’t know at all or don’t affect our lives in any way. That was the point, and a very valid one.

            Talking about human/vulcan nature (bringing ST references into this, seriously?) or bringing free speech into this is missing the point.

    • Jarnooo (@jarnooo) said on 23rd September 2013, 5:44

      You just hit the nail on the head. The booing I believe started in Australia this year. I thought that would be an isolated incident, with him being so unpopular with Aussie fans, because of how he is treated better within the team than Webber, his general attitude etc. I guess things like multi 21 set the rest of the world off.

      I’m sure as he grows up his attitude will change, and with time so will my attitude of him. But he’s not a child any more, he’s 26! Who knows, maybe that’s how he will be the rest of his life.

      • oliveiraz33 (@oliveiraz33) said on 23rd September 2013, 23:52

        I don’t like vettel very much (almost a hater), but you know? honestly I think he’s not that bad as it actualy shows… I think he’s a bit of a spoiled driver that had a team that fell in love with him… There was a bunch of factors that contributed to his “not so good image” including some outside factors like his team that tends to favour him, and the fact that webber’s car is breakind down all the time…

        In malasya I saw the vettel that everybody hates, but in a way I felt sorry for him, because I saw a kid that was “lost” in his atitudes and mind, a kid that actualy wants to make people like him and be a enjoyable person, but seems to somehow put his foot in the wrong places…

        I think more than anyone, Vettel is on of the drivers in the field that would suffer more from booing, I bet he suffers a lot from this, because unlike a lot of drivers, he’s a driver that loves F1 ands is fully focused on it…

  8. Broom (@brum55) said on 23rd September 2013, 0:52

    @keithcollantine I did say I thought the boos were harsh for Vettel. But F1 does need to be more competitive than it is at the moment. Not even Schumi in the 00s was able to lap over 2 seconds a lap faster than the rest.

  9. Irejag (@irejag) said on 23rd September 2013, 1:43

    The New York Yankees, the Detroit Red Wings, the New England Patriots, Red Bull Racing. All teams that have had dynasties in the past 20 years, and all of them have been hated to a certain degree by the fans of their sports. It is the nature of sports and something that we should all get used to. I am not saying that I agree with the booing, because I don’t. I am a Red Bull fan, and there are times that I don’t like Vettel, but he is delivering wins to my favorite team, and to me that is all that matters. One day he will leave and I hope they will find someone else to replace him that will deliver as many wins.
    When it comes right down to it though, when one team dominates, it is frustrating for the fans of other teams, but it also becomes more meaningful when someone finally beats them, especially if it is an underdog.
    People are going to boo, but like another commenter said, years from now those same people who are booing will end up telling their kids how they watched a legend.

  10. Marc Porras (@) said on 23rd September 2013, 1:54

    No doubt that SV is the quickest and most talented driver, I feel that he lacks modesty, when he wins and he wins often…he shoves his fore finger in everyone’s face and F1 fans don’t appreciate that l. We watched you win Seb and already know you’re #1. Nothing wrong with celebrating vigorously just have a bit more class and the booing will stop…he’s learning that the hard way.

  11. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 23rd September 2013, 2:19

    I’m sure there are many different reasons as to why people would boo Sebastian.
    Whether it be because of the Malaysia incident, or the fact that he doesn’t drive a red car.

    My opinion is that he’s not looked on favourably because he has the best car.
    I found myself wondering in last nights grand prix whether or not he could amass this amazing lead after a safety (and before it as well!) in a car that isn’t as good.

    I have no problem with him winning, if he wins then he completely deserves it. But winning by 32 seconds isn’t exciting for the sport.
    I really do want him to go to Ferrari in 2015, just so we can see if he really is this impressive.

    This is the problem with Formula 1, the cars probably account for 70-80% of the performance, while the driver can make up the rest, but because there are no equal cars, there’s no way of telling who is the best driver.

    I hope he is really this good, because he’s achieving something truly special.

  12. olivier (@olivier) said on 23rd September 2013, 2:38

    I don’t think Vettel cares all that much. He’s more machine than human anyway ….

    • oliveiraz33 (@oliveiraz33) said on 23rd September 2013, 23:55

      I think that vettel is one of the drivers that lives the F1 the most, and that is more focused in the sport… and saying that I believe that he try to not show, but deep in, he’s living a nightmare despite all the winning

  13. Malik (@malik) said on 23rd September 2013, 3:30

    Boo thing is related to the stupid idea of interviewing drivers on podium.. Bring back post race press conference and the matter will get resolved…

    • Travis (@mcmerctn) said on 23rd September 2013, 4:11

      booing or cheering, a press conference room is about as sanitized and dull a way to get the emotions of the top 3 finishers as I could imagine. Booing is just noise, just like cheering or any other sound.

  14. Drvoo (@drvoo) said on 23rd September 2013, 3:56

    If domination was damaging the sport, F1 would have perished during the Schumacher years of dominance. Fact is, F1, and motor racing in general, has an advantage over many sports because even if the leader is pasting the field, there are almost always compelling dices going on throughout the field. Today’s race had plenty and that’s why I watch the entire event.

  15. czhihong (@czhihong) said on 23rd September 2013, 4:47

    For what it’s worth, where I was at Stamford Grandstand (between Turns 7 and 8), there was nothing but applause for Vettel. The cheers for Alonso and Raikkonen were more fervent and rapturous, but Vettel was applauded heartily too, fitting for someone who won the race.

    I think there are plenty of fans who appreciate and respect his greatness (although we may not think it’s the best thing to be happening as a spectator), just that a very small percentage of extreme-minded fans are branding everyone in this light, giving the impression that there are lots of boos.

    Of course, the comments both here and everywhere else online seem to indicate that there are plenty of them around, but I do think that they’re just a very vocal minority. Unfortunately, they’re also the ones most likely to be rushing in from the gates after the race to be there at the podium ceremonies, so that’s what we have now.

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 23rd September 2013, 5:30

      I think there are plenty of fans who appreciate and respect his greatness (although we may not think it’s the best thing to be happening as a spectator), just that a very small percentage of extreme-minded fans are branding everyone in this light, giving the impression that there are lots of boos.

      @czhihong Spot on.

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