Vettel: I can put up with the booing if I win
24 September 2013 – Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has admitted that while it is not nice to be booed, as long as it keeps happening then at least he knows he is doing a ‘very good job’.
Vettel was again subjected to jeering on the podium in Singapore last weekend, with team principal, Christian Horner slamming it as 'unfair' and also unsporting, while Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda and a number of other people in the sport have also said it needs to stop.
Vettel, however, continues to shrug it off, at least publicly: “It [the booing] is not nice but I think you should look around the grandstands,” he said.
“Most of the fans are dressed in red. Ferrari has a very strong fan base for a reason: they have a lot of tradition in F1, they’ve been around longer and won, and they’ve been more successful than any other team.
“There’s more and more blue people - more and more people dressed in blue so we are doing a good job on that front but obviously they [the fans in red] are quite emotional when they are not winning and if somebody else is winning, they don’t really like it and it seems they are on a tour and they are wealthy enough to go to a lot of races, Monza or take the flight to come here to Singapore.
“Fortunately we keep winning so they’ve got a reason to boo and as long as they keep booing, we are doing a very good job. So, that’s the way I see it.”
“It’s not people from Singapore or from one country only,” Vettel added. “[Besides] it’s normal in sports if some people support one driver then they don’t like another driver to win. Equally there were a lot of German flags around the track, there are a lot of Germans here in Singapore - it is a very international city. The parade lap was quite nice and also the lap after the chequered flag there were a lot of people cheering.
“Obviously I didn’t give them the most exciting race [as I dominated] but on days like this, I really don’t mind.”