i don’t think the comparation to football is accurate. Usually the football teams are the ones whistled. It’s to a player but not because is that particular player but because he’s playing for that team. It’s a completely different culture. There are teams and fans belong to/support a club. The club has its own stadium, where they play all their home games. So, when another club goes there to play is whistled, particularly if there is rivalry, like Barcelona vs Real Madrid. Motorsport, and F1 in particular is not like that. Each team doesn’t have its own circuit, its own GP where it receives their rivals. No. Sometimes (3 times a year? British, German and Italian GPs?) they are made on the same country as one or more teams, that (those) team(s) have support from the public, but still the GP is not their(s) – it’s not organized by the team, the ticket sells don’t go to that team, etc.
To compare F1 with football, the nearest thing has got to be football tournaments, like the World Cup, or the European Cup. All teams go to a host country (host GP) and dispute a tournament, cup (the GP, the win). One team wins, gets a cup. there’s a runner up and usually a 3rd place too. they all get medals and the winner a cup. The fans don’t boo when the winner takes the cup, or when the others get the medals. even if it’s italy (4 world cups) winning in their rival home germany (3 world cups). because it’s disrespectful. And that’s what the fans that boo a driver lifting a trophy are being: disrespectful, chiv2103