George Russell reacts to drivers getting booed by fans

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After Max Verstappen received boos from the fans at Silverstone, George Russell spoke out against this practice, and said he had a similar experience in Canada.

There’s a lot of talk about the boos that Max Verstappen has received from the British crown at Silverstone. It started on Thursday during the drivers’ press conference, and George Russell was immediately asked to give his comments.

“I think as your profile raises there’s a lot of positives that come with it, no doubt, but there are also downsides to it that also take a bit of readjusting,” the Briton said.

“In Montreal, I had somebody shout my name and boo at me. And I’m just sat in the car on the drivers’ parade.

“And it’s quite a strange thing to comprehend that this 35-40 year old guy is booing at me when I don’t even know him.

“I’m just trying to keep myself to myself and just trying to do my best every single race I go to and put on a good show and be polite and pleasant to everyone.

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“So there are some things that you need to sort of get used to, and just accept that this is unfortunately the world and society we live in at the moment.

“And this is another example of something that needs to be stamped out.

“What gives that guy the right to boo at anyone? What gives the right for these football fans hurling abuse at the players? They’re just doing their job, doing their best to have a career.

“And I think that’s what a lot of people don’t really appreciate in this position,” Russell concluded.

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