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.”

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.