Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix Max Verstappen’s father Jos said he hopes that fans “don’t just boo, but have respect for Lewis”.
There has been a lot of talk about what the reception for Lewis Hamilton will look like at the Dutch Grand Prix. In previous races with large contingents of Dutch fans, Lewis has experienced shameful booing.
Former F1 driver Jos Verstappen is happy that his son is finally racing in his home country.
“It’s incredibly exciting, we’ve been looking forward to it for a long time,” the elder Verstappen said.
“It’s always the best to drive in your own country, in front of your own fans. We do see those fans show up at more races, but of course it’s even more special now that it’s going to happen in Zandvoort.”
While he was commenting on the British Grand Prix collision between Max and Lewis, Jos said he hopes Lewis will get a respectful reception at Zandvoort.
“The crash was one thing, but the way he reacted after the race I didn’t like that much. And I think a lot of fans see it that way.
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“We do hope the fans at Zandvoort will handle it professionally. That they don’t just boo, but have respect for Lewis. Max will sort that out on the track, how he deals with Lewis.
“If it happens in Holland with so many home fans, I think those emotions will be there for sure. Also with the audience, it can’t get any better.
“And of course Max is touched by it as well, you will see on Sunday when he will be on the podium.
“I’m sure that when you see the orange fans and the orange smoke bombs going off, it’s an incentive,” concluded Verstappen.
The problem that Jos has with the way Hamilton “reacted” to his British Grand Prix win is related to his post race celebration. Both Jos and Max said they found the celebration disrespectful because Max was beign checked at the hospital, following their collision.
What they always fail to acknowledge is the fact that Max was undergoing precautionary checks and it was already known in the paddock that he was fine.