Toto Wolff responds to Verstappen booing: “That’s unsportsmanlike”

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Toto Wolff reacts to British fans booing Max Verstappen, and says “none of the drivers deserve booing, no matter what happened last year”.

Every time Max Verstappen appeared in front of the fans at Silverstone, a loud chorus of boos could be heard.

Mercedes’ team boss Toto Wolff thinks the reaction might stem from the controversial ending of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw Lewis Hamilton lose the championship to Verstappen, after the race director ignored and broke the rules.

However, the Austrian says booing is not a good way of dealing with this disappointment.

“I think we shouldn’t be seeing any booing in any sports,” Wolff said.

“I think that’s unsportsmanlike. It’s clear we love the support the drivers have here and the enthusiasm, that’s fantastic.

“But if you are not into the other guys I think it’s best to remain silent. I think that’s the best way. The booing, I think none of the drivers deserve booing, no matter what happened last year.”

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Wolff added that the passion of the fans could be seen as a positive for the sport, but booing drivers is a step too far.

“I think if you try to see the positives, that people are very emotional about drivers and characters.

“We want to create emotions, rather than if you are not emotionally engaged. So that’s on the upside. But having said that, the booing goes a step further.

“If you imagine yourself standing out there and giving an interview or while being on the podium, being booed is abusive.

“Being emotional in a sport that is controversial because you are a fan and not a fan of one or the other drivers, that’s good.

“But there’s a certain limit that we shouldn’t overstep,” the Austrian concluded.

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