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. Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 23rd September 2013, 5:05

    I really don’t get the boos. Vettel is no “villain”. He’s not the type of driver to reveal team secrets in “revenge” for not having number 1 status on a team, or a driver that parks his car on a turn in qualifying or slams opponents who are outpacing him out of contention. Vettel is no Saint, but its a true competitor.

    He truly deserves this championship. However, I would love to see him accept a challenge- move to Mclaren, for example, with the Honda partnership. I’m a Mclaren fan. Would love to see him in a Mclaren and seeing him do what Senna did in the team.

    I am liking Vettel more and more as a racing driver. And the booing is helping. You can see that the booing hurts him. But he is a great sports and jokes at it on the podiums. Keep it up Sebastien.

  2. Paul2013 said on 23rd September 2013, 8:22

    Fórmula 1 should be like tea time at Buckingham Palace.

    • Albert said on 23rd September 2013, 9:44

      Spare us the passive-agressiveness. Showing proper manners, basic human decency and sportmanship are simple things to expect.

  3. Styxbe (@styxbe) said on 23rd September 2013, 8:31

    Spot on comment by Martin Brundle past race yesterday : “F1 is not about looking for the lowest common denominator”. People can dislike Vettel, and loathe the fact that he is dominating, but it’s up to the others to give him competition, not up to him to lower his performance.

    • Paul2013 said on 23rd September 2013, 8:56

      That s fantastic, now all the booing thing it is aimed to force Vettel to lower his performance. Come on! People are booing at him because he is being arrogant, prepotent, presumptuous, pretentious… While he is driving a far far more superior car. people just do not like arrogant winners (and even less being arrogant wining with so many technical adventages).

      It has nothing to do with lower his performance, it has to do with his actitude.

      • Albert said on 23rd September 2013, 9:47

        People are booing at him because he is being arrogant, prepotent, presumptuous, pretentious

        The exact same thing can be said about Alonso, Button, Hamilton, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, etc etc.

        • Paul2013 said on 23rd September 2013, 10:41

          No, Vettel has been disloyal with his team mate and obviously australians do not like that arrogant with all his rivals, from different nationalities and teams, in the past you could find rivals / Team mates competing and or argueing each other (Prost / Senna, Schumi / Alonso, Hamilton /Alonso, Button / Hamilton etc.) But all of them had more class winning.

          And none of them being arrogant with everybody else, finger pointing, lying about his actions regarding his team mate… No this guy ‘s been disrespectfull with everybody, rivals, public, his team mate everyone.

          • Webber has disobeyed team orders before. Twice actually.

            And you have seen very little to believe very little to believe Alonso would have obeyed such an order. Remember, he left McLaren because he wasn’t treated better than his team mate. Hell, last race they called them idiots (or “geniuses” sarcastically, either way, it doesn’t help).

            Button has been extremely vocal about Sergio Perez on the radio, demanding the team to get him out of his way.

            Everything you fault Vettel of doing are actually common traits of F1 drivers. So give me a break, and start posting some actual argument instead of repeating empty cliches.

          • What? Alonso sabotaged Hamilton’s qualifying in Hungary on purpose, how is this better than not respecting team orders once?

            Vettel has done some questionable things in the past, I agree, but there are drivers who have done much worse than him, and they are cheered every time they are on the podium. Why is that?

          • Oletros (@oletros) said on 23rd September 2013, 10:58

            Vettel has been disloyal with his team mate

            And Webber was disloyal yo him, and?

            in the past you could find rivals / Team mates competing and or argueing each other (Prost / Senna, Schumi / Alonso, Hamilton /Alonso, Button / Hamilton etc.) But all of them had more class winning.

            And none of them being arrogant with everybody else
            You must be joking or you don’t have watched Formula 1.

      • Oletros said on 23rd September 2013, 9:51

        Come on! People are booing at him because he is being arrogant, prepotent, presumptuous, pretentious

        Yap, because Schumacher, Alonso, Prost or Senna were examples of humble human beings and modesty

    • You are right, when Vettel wins he smiles and celebrates. This ****** me off, it’s so arrogant! What about the hurt feelings of the other drivers? Why is he so heartless to take 4 championships while Alonso gets 0, surely he could be a nice guy and let Alonso win for a change, maybe let Webber have a race win some time, at least a pole position. Heck Vettel should probably just sit out a few races to let some others have some fun. But no, he has to be an arrogant ******* and continue to race.

  4. JayGeeWales (@jaygeewales) said on 23rd September 2013, 9:12

    I’m probably repeating what many others have said but everyone is in the sport to win, and achieving world championship status. We follow this sport because it it is the pinnacle of motorsport where not only the talent of the drive,r but the whole team contributes to the spectacle and the enjoyment. Whether it is jealousy or bad sportmanship from the competitors fans it has no place in formula 1. When they boo Vettel they are disrespecting everyone at Red Bull for their contribution to the win. At the end of the day it is the lack of progress in the team they support that they are frustrated about. Vettel is an amazing talent which should be celebrated not denigrated.

  5. Anele (@anele-mbethe) said on 23rd September 2013, 9:19

    Redbull before vettel: mid table team which he beat in the junior team. Redbull after vettel: three time world champions, after nearly ten years without a championship Newey is a god again? If anyone follows rallying look whats happened to citroen without Loeb, never under estimate the impact a driver can have on a team

  6. palmerstoneroad (@palmerstoneroad) said on 23rd September 2013, 9:46

    The way Red Bull dominates is cause of the booing. After you moan about current tyres and in the next GP you get the tyres you want that left room for booing.

    F1 have not forgotten about these moanings:
    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/05/12/fourstop-races-horner/

    • Albert said on 23rd September 2013, 9:51

      Because Ferrari have never complained about things that don’t suit them, right? Or McLaren? Or almost every team for that matter.

      I know it hurts that RBR is dominating the way they are, but let’s not blind ourselves.

      • palmerstoneroad (@palmerstoneroad) said on 23rd September 2013, 10:11

        Haven’t heard that complains from Ferrari and/or McLaren after the tyres changes during the season even if there was a team (Ferrari) that was dominating GPs with 2013 tyres while others (…) were struggling to make them working.

        Season 2013 has finished the day Horner has pubicly moaned about tyres and Pirelli switched back to 2012 construction. That’s a fact.
        Here’s more revealing details: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/107432

        About ‘dominations’: same words used by Benetton fans some years ago. Are they all supporting Red Bull now? who are they going to support in a few years?

        • Haven’t heard that complains from Ferrari and/or McLaren after the tyres changes during the season even if there was a team (Ferrari) that was dominating GPs with 2013 tyres while others (…) were struggling to make them working.

          Read my comment again. More carefully this time. I mentioned how Ferrari and McLaren have also complained about things that don’t suit them, not necessarily this year. That’s not “moaning”, is what all teams do. Welcome to F1.

          Season 2013 has finished the day Horner has pubicly moaned about tyres and Pirelli switched back to 2012 construction. That’s a fact.
          Here’s more revealing details: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/107432

          http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/05/29/no-change-to-canada-race-tyres/

          The tyres weren’t changed after Horner’s coplaints, but after they exploded in Silverstone, and ALL teams (Ferrari, Lotus and Force India included) agreed to that.

          About ‘dominations’: same words used by Benetton fans some years ago. Are they all supporting Red Bull now? who are they going to support in a few years?

          Pointless thing to post.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd September 2013, 17:58

          @palmerstoneroad

          Horner has pubicly moaned about tyres and Pirelli switched back to 2012 construction.

          That is entirely untrue. The changes that were made to the tyres after the British Grand Prix were a direct result of the potentially dangerous high-speed failures which happened during the race. As described here:

          Kevlar belt tyres for Germany, new tyres for Hungary

          • palmerstoneroad (@palmerstoneroad) said on 24th September 2013, 10:28

            Sorry Keith it cannot be denied that Red Bull has complained about tyre management after Barcelona (I have linked to your own alticles after all)

            Then security issues came out and swich to another tyre structure have become necessary

            That switch “helped” some teams more than others, surely not teams that have been developing cars with 2013 structure and till then were performing better than RedBulls

          • Paul2013 said on 24th September 2013, 17:59

            @keithcollantine

            I am sorry but it is just NOT true, tyres were not changed due to safety issues, NOT EVERY CAR had issues, just RDB and Mercedes so they were changed due to safety issues of 2 teams, and instead of asking those teams to adapt their cars to the rules of the competition they decided to CHANGE THE RULES.

            If two teams had safety problems they should not be allowed to race till they do adpat their cars. But instead of doing so FIA decided to change the rules damaging the interest of FORCE INDIA, LOTUS AND FERRARI, etc. the ones that did prepare their car for the rules and specs of the championship.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th September 2013, 21:59

            @palmerstoneroad I did not deny that Red Bull raised complaints about the tyres before they were changed.

            I pointed out the only reason they were changed was because of what happened at Silverstone, as the link I posted in my previous comment makes clear.

            just RDB and Mercedes so they were changed due to safety issues of 2 teams

            The Silverstone failures were not confined to just two teams: Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari and Toro Rosso all had failures. Vettel’s tyres were on the point of failure before his first pit stop.

          • palmerstoneroad (@palmerstoneroad) said on 26th September 2013, 12:49

            @keithcollatine

            looks like other people share the same “impression”…
            http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/red-bull-tyre-change-lobbying-unfair-force-india/

            that was not that difficult to spot ;)

          • Just because he shares the same impression, it doesn’t make it any less wrong. Two people mistaken don’t become right just because they’re together. Either that or he’s trying to bring the opinion of people less informed to his side to justify the bad results.

            The tyre were changes after they were deemed too unsafe to use, and that was agreed by Ferrari and Force India. Those are not impressions, those are facts. Anything other than that is just plain wrong.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th September 2013, 8:21

            @palmerstoneroad I’d like to see those Force India quotes in their original form as I don’t trust that site to get the facts right (they have purposefully distorted and misrepresented stories in the past, and suppressed criticism from those who call them out on it).

            For the sake of argument I’ll assume the quotes are accurate. Nevertheless if more than one person holds an incorrect view that does not convince me it is correct.

            Red Bull had complained about the tyres before but those complaints had repeatedly failed to lead to any change in the compounds. Without the Silverstone punctures the tyres would have remained unchanged.

            Furthermore your original point was that “tyres were not changed due to safety issues, not every car had issues, just Red Bull and Mercedes” – as I stated in my previous comment it was clearly more than just those teams who had problems, as seen at Silverstone.

            At Silverstone we had tyres exploding without warning and strips of steel-belted rubber flying lethally close to drivers’ heads. This was incredibly dangerous and following that changing the tyres was absolutely the right thing to do.

    • I was neither agreeing nor disagreeing. I was pointing out how it isn’t “moaning” but something that all F1 teams do (and when you think about it, it’s their job), and correcting you about the timing and reason of the tyre change.

      It had little to do with booing, I was simply correcting your mistakes :-)

      • palmerstoneroad (@palmerstoneroad) said on 23rd September 2013, 11:04

        MY mistakes sure :D

        It’s F1 politics sure, but if you complain about something and then you get it if people boo you you can’t complain – you have done your job sure but people can still judge

        • Yes, your mistakes :-) But I’m happy to correct them, so no biggie ;D

          Indeed, people can still judge; it’s a shame that they don’t judge using some reason and common sense, because if they did they would realize we can’t have exploding tyres in F1.

  7. Deb Luhi (@debeluhi) said on 23rd September 2013, 9:58

    There is so much analysis going on about Vettel’s booing that even Freud’s head would start spinning. I think things are much simpler. It’s not the Multy 21 (who still remembers that?), it’s not his dominance (we had this in the past too many times) and the boring races (this too).
    Look at the picture and it’ll become clear:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/fans-sing-2013-9.jpg

    It started at Montreal by the Ferrari fans and the thing just stuck. Even at Singapore, it was mostly the Ferrari fans that came from Europe or Australia.

    • Hamiton and Raikkonen are two extremely popular drivers, too, that’s the FOUR (HAM, RAI, Alonso and Ferrari) biggest fanbases of F1 angry at him.

      Kinda a shame RBR doesn’t have its own solid fanbase. Difficult to be loved by motorheads when you represent an energy drink.

      • Deb Luhi (@debeluhi) said on 24th September 2013, 12:41

        As I said somewhere else, the teams is called Infinity – Red Bull so for the motor-heads there is a car connection almost as valid as it is with the Lotus which just carry the name of the original Lotus team and have nothing in common with it, and are sponsored by Burn, which is energy drink (coca Cola brand) and Mercedes are sponsored by Monster.

  8. sato113 (@sato113) said on 23rd September 2013, 12:40

    im not a vettel fan, but booing is wrong. congratulations to him for an excellent win!

  9. all the people booing are jealous, insecure cowards. booing wont help their favourite driver beat vettel or their favourite team beat redbull, its disappointing their mental state leads them to release their emothions in such a pathetic negative way. if they cant take it, they should just switch off and watch soccer, there is enough idiots they could mingle with in soccer crowds.

  10. triumph tr3 said on 24th September 2013, 21:04

    Think you are all missing the point of why Vettel is being booed.
    It started after he ignored team orders in Malaysia and took the win from Mark Webber.
    Both drivers received team orders to back off the fuel, back off the gas and remain in the order they were in and defend their position to the finish the race in the order they were in. that is with Mark in the lead, they are to come home with Mark in 1st and Vettel in second.
    Mark wound back his gas, which leads to lessening horse power. Vettel did not. His radio conversations with the pit where very clear he wanted to pass and was continually told NO!
    But he broke team orders and with Mark on reduced horsepower and both unable and not expecting the challenge, Vettel stole the win.
    And remember he tried to do the same in Hungary last year which resulted in Vettel crashing them both out.
    He does not deserve or get my admiration right now.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th September 2013, 22:01

      he ignored team orders in Malaysia and took the win from Mark Webber

      Webber tried to do the same to him at Silverstone in 2011. The only difference is Vettel was successful, Webber wasn’t. Seizing on that as a reason and use it to boo Vettel but not Webber is hypocrisy.

      Besides which booing anyone in this fashion is contemptible, loutish behaviour.

  11. William said on 24th September 2013, 23:03

    It is NOT just a Ferrari Alonso thing. Fans cheer everyone else on the podium such as Weber, Kimi, etc. Vettel gets booed because he is so unlikeable because of his history of actions. And Vettel will continue to get booed. Sorry spinners…admit the truth…so many F1 fans at sick of the arrogant Vettel. I know I am.

    • Please, Vettel’s “arrogance” is minimal in comparison to other drivers. I mean, we just saw Alonso calling his teams “idiots” (or sarcastically “geniuses”, which isn’t really much better”.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 28th September 2013, 0:22

      Yeah, how dare he drive a car faster than everyone else, pass a teammate or celebrate a win.

  12. I’m very late to the party on this one, but I see absolutely no problem with fans booing Seb.

    At the end of the day fan is short for fanatic. Fanatics are usually irrational followers of something,- a driver, a team etc. If a fan of one of Seb’s rivals dislikes the way in which he’s walked away with the last 4 WDCs and any real competition, then go ahead and boo.

    Or should booing be censored? We can only celebrate things, but not voice our displeasure? Cheer or keep quiet? Haha F1 isn’t a communist state, let the fans do what they want as long as no-one gets hurt.

    Seb is a great great driver, and if I were ever at a race win of his, I wouldn’t applaud because I’m not a fan of his, but I wouldn’t boo because I do not dislike him. I’m indifferent, but I wouldn’t have a go at people voicing their opinions with boos. Let them cheer or boo, hell, it even adds to the “show” which is all the powers that be care about nowadays.

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