Lewis Hamilton: “Fortunately, the British fans don’t do the booing”

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There’s been much talk about Dutch fans booing Lewis Hamilton at Zandvoort, but the Briton says he understands them and is not bothered by it.

Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton was asked about the Dutch fans potentially booing him at Zandvoort.

“It’s naturally something you can potentially expect, or you expect,” the Briton said.

“Of course you’ve seen a lot of the orange fans all over. I’ve never been someone that would go to an event and boo, but I understand it.

“You see it in football events, the passion that the fans have, or the dislike that some of them have of their opponents. But I respect it.

“I think I’ve always loved coming out to Holland. Amsterdam is one of the greatest cities. And I know I do have some Team LH fans in the Netherlands, which I really appreciate.

“They’re probably a small portion in the grandstands out there, and I admire them for being able to withstand the boos too.

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“But that’s the sport. What I do is just try and turn that energy towards me, however you want to take it, and turn it into a positive, and try and put it into a drive.”

Lewis was then asked if he ever felt the need to tell his fans not to boo his opponents.

“Well fortunately, the British fans don’t do the booing. They’re amazing, the British fans. I think they’re just there for a great weekend.

“I don’t think I’ve heard booing from the British fans for anyone in my time. I’ve got a short memory, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t.

“But I don’t agree with it in general for anyone. Everyone is there to do the best job they can, and everyone is trying to be the best they can be.

“But it is again, it’s a part of sport, and you see it,” concluded Hamilton.

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