Injured during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton saw the many fans of Max Verstappen applaud his crash, an attitude that he and other drivers had deemed very inappropriate.
The seven-time world champion had himself disapproved of the attitude of British fans a week earlier at Silverstone, as Verstappen was booed copiously every time he spoke in Britain.
Daniel Ricciardo backed Hamilton’s words: while fans are essential for Formula 1, certain behaviors have no place on the circuits.
“I think crashes achieve something different when… for sure it’s great to have rivalries. Especially the one between Lewis and Max last year, that was great,” said the McLaren F1 driver.
“It’s like in any other sport: there will always be pros and cons. And I think it’s cool to see the excitement around battles on the track.”
“I’ve never been a fan of boos, it’s not something I tolerate. Of course, there will always be those you like and those you don’t necessarily have a liking for.”
“But accidents are not something we want to see. We are not going to control the stands and their emotions. And it’s good to see the fans supporting their driver, it’s part of our sport.”
“But there’s a time for everything I guess and there are some things I don’t want to see. We’re just human beings and I think people shouldn’t forget that.”
Ricciardo, on the other hand, does not want to see evil everywhere and thinks that some fans, who may have consumed a little too much alcohol, simply let themselves be carried away by the atmosphere around them on the Red. Bullring.
“If you’ve been sitting in the middle of this crowd all day and you’ve had a few beers, and the guy sitting next to you is behaving like that, you’re probably going to too.”
“But I think once you get to a certain age, you have to realize that there are certain things you can do when you’re 15 but not at 30. You have to know how to keep reason.”
Russell: Nothing can justify the boos
George Russell joins Daniel Ricciardo on one point: fans should remember that F1 drivers are only human beings too.
“I think when you’re on the other side of the fence, whether it’s football or motorsport, sometimes people forget they’re up against human beings,” the Mercedes F1 driver told Autosport.
“We are all human beings: drivers, engineers, media, fans. And there is no reason that can justify the boos.”
“We are risking our lives and we recently had a reminder that motorsport is dangerous. When you are going 300km/h and someone is cheering your crash into a wall…I have no words for it. that.”