As Formula 1 prepares for a return to Zandvoort later this season, 1996 F1 champion Damon Hill has asked Dutch fans not to boo Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton was greeted with a chorus of jeers and boos after he scored a pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Since there are a lot of Dutch fans in Hungary, the general belief was that the boos were predominantly coming from fans of Max Verstappen.
With Formula 1 returning to Zandvoort later this year, there’s an expectation that Lewis will not be welcomed nicely by the Dutch fans.
During his appearance on the F1 Nation podcast, Damon Hill asked the fans to be nice.
“Dutch fans, be nice to Lewis, will you?” Hill said.
“Because he’s doing what he’s good at, and it’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be good. Because we’ve got a lot of listeners in Holland, who listen to us.
“They’re good sports. They’re good sports, the Dutch. It’ll be great to have a Dutch Grand Prix, the first ever Dutch Grand Prix for how many years?”
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Hill also said that he was confused when hearing the crowd boo Hamilton during interviews in Hungary, when he heard them cheer him on during the race.
“When he was racing, and he was making his way through the field and got up to third, there were cheers, you could hear the cheers in the crowd. So I don’t know what’s happening there.”
The podcast’s host Tom Clarkson believed that the booing was coming from a small minority of the crowd.
“I don’t think it was malicious, it was just that directly in front of parc ferme and the podium was the orange army,” Clarkson explained.
“They had their own grandstand, and it was orange. So anything they said or did were what Lewis could hear more than anything else when he was in in that bit of the pit lane.
“As I said, I don’t think it was malicious. I think it was just nonsense, really, and just a bit disappointing.”