Max Verstappen received boos and jeers during his post-qualifying interview after snagging P2 from the grandstand opposite of the start-finish straight at Silverstone Circuit on Saturday. The Red Bull driver deemed the reaction “a bit disappointing” because he couldn’t hear the interviewer Billy Monger’s questions and largely grazed off the negative reaction itself.
During the British Grand Prix qualifying, Max Verstappen finished second after Carlos Sainz. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third, with Perez taking fourth and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton finishing fifth in the qualifying.
“If they want to boo, they do that. For me, it’s not going to change anything. I’m happy to always be here. It’s a great track, great atmosphere in general. Maybe some of them don’t like me, but that’s fine. They all have their own opinions. I don’t care”, said Max Verstappen in response to the booing he received after the qualifying.
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I would say we don’t need to do booing: Hamilton
Mercedes driver and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton took a moment to question how the British F1 fans reacted. He responded, “I think we are better than that. I would say we don’t need to do booing, but we have got such great fans and our sporting fans, they feel emotions, ups and downs, but I definitely don’t agree with booing. I don’t think we need to do that.”
“It doesn’t make any difference when you boo someone either, they have already made the mistakes or whatever it is. But I really do appreciate the support I have had here. I don’t know, maybe some of them are still feeling the pain from last year still. Either way, I don’t agree.”
I think none of the drivers deserve booing: Wolff
Similarly, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff also stepped up, saying he felt the booing was “unsportsmanlike” after qualifying on Saturday. Wolff said, “It’s clear we love the support the drivers have here and the enthusiasm, that’s fantastic. But if you are not into the other guys I think it’s best to remain silent. I think that’s the best way. The booing, I think none of the drivers deserve booing, no matter what happened last year.”