Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has expressed his concern with the continuous booing directed towards Sebastian Vettel, which once again resurfaced when the German stepped upon the podium after his masterful display of driving at the Singapore Grand Prix. The boos have become a mainstay in the post-race celebrations, and currently only seem directed at the reigning Champion.
These continuous scenarios of booing directed at Sebastian Vettel has enraged Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who believes such actions from the fans is completely unfair and unsporting. The dominant German stormed to a commanding victory around the Marina Bay Street Circuit last weekend, eventually finishing the race a staggering +32.627 seconds ahead of nearest Championship rival Fernando Alonso. Instead of being greeted by the traditional cheers of celebration by the amounting fans during the post-race podium ceremony, Sebastian Vettel was once again subject to continuous boos.
The reason for such animosity towards the sport’s reigning World Champion is unclear, with the controversial events of the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of the season the only fuel fans would have to strongly dislike the Red Bull ace. During the race around Kuala Lumpur’s Sepang International Circuit, Sebastian Vettel defied team orders and overtook team-mate Mark Webber for the lead of the race and subsequent victory. This understandably enraged the Australian, including many fans of the sport throughout the world. Despite these events earlier in the year, Christian Horner has spoken out against the booing which has become a recurring event after each Grand Prix.
“I think it’s so unfair because it’s not sporting.” Explained Christian Horner to the media after the Singapore Grand Prix, “The boy today has driven an unbelievable race. What you’ve witnessed today is what I think is one of the best drives I’ve seen him produce in terms of raw pace and what he’s been able to deliver. I just don’t think it’s sporting at the end of the day to see a driver who’s put in a performance like that not get the reception that he deserves. I don’t think it’s sporting, I don’t think it’s right and I don’t think it’s deserved in any way. To be sure Malaysia didn’t help but as we all know Malaysia’s happened, it’s been done.”
Despite such behavior by the fans after the race, Sebastian Vettel has remained upbeat. The German currently sits a proud 60 points ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Drivers’ Championship, and will unquestionably be looking to repeat his dominance when the sport reconvenes in several weeks at Korea. Whether the booing will continue as the season draws to a conclusion remains to be seen, however it is clear that such negativity is far from slowing down the rampaging Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.
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