Horner: Boos for Vettel not sporting
23 September 2013 – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has hit out at F1 fans after Sebastian Vettel was again booed following his victory in the Singapore Grand Prix.
The jeering has become a regular occurrence this season and Horner said it was not only ‘unfair’ but also unsporting.
“There is a small collective group and it is like a pantomime, but it is so unfair because it is not sporting,” Horner confirmed to Autosport.
“The boy today has driven an unbelievable race. What you have witnessed today is one of the best drives that I have seen him produce in terms of raw pace, and I just don't think it is sporting to see a driver who has put a performance in like that not get the reception he deserves.
“He is a great kid. He has a great sense of humour. He has a big heart at the end of the day.”
Asked why he thinks he is being booed, and if is related to what happened in Malaysia, when Vettel defied team orders and ‘stole’ the victory from team-mate, Mark Webber, Horner added that it is difficult to say.
“I don't know what it is, to be honest with you,” he continued. “I think that for sure Malaysia did not help but, as we know, Malaysia has happened. It's been done, there has been an awful lot written about it and there were circumstances that were involved in that.
“When you have a guy who is becoming almost a serial winner, it becomes like when people watched Mohammed Ali, they wanted to see who would beat him.
“That is the case at the moment; people want to see who is going to beat Sebastian. So, when he keeps winning, it isn't the most popular result.”