Hamilton, Domenicali and Lauda criticize booing of Vettel


More of Red Bull’s rivals have spoken out against the treatment of Vettel by some spectators following his latest grand prix victory.

Vettel was booed by some people in the crowd after taking his seventh win of the season in Singapore.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was among those to criticize the jeering Vettel faced.

“We must recognise that our opponents have done a better job than we have and compliment them because in sport you have to accept when your opponent does better than you,” said Domenicali. “That’s the same for the fans.”

“I wasn’t happy to hear that Vettel was booed under the Singapore podium as well,” added Domenicali, who described Vettel’s performance as “perfect”.

Lewis Hamilton said it was wrong for people to boo Vettel for winning.

“No one should be booed for their success, no matter how easy or hard it has been for them to get there,” said Hamilton. “Booing is so negative, especially when someone works so hard to be a success.”

Niki Lauda described the booing as “ridiculous”. “These people don’t understand what the guy is doing,” said the three-times champion, who is now non-executive director at Mercedes.

“I could choose I would give him the world championship today for this drive because he is for me outstanding.”