Villeneuve says fans cheering Hamilton’s crash is “embarrassing”

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1997 Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve blasts fans who cheered Lewis Hamilton’s crash at the Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton lost control of his car at the Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying, and crashed hard into the barrier.

While the Briton was still in the car and his condition was still unknown, a lot of the fans at the Red Bull Ring (who were mostly fans of Max Verstappen) started loudly cheering.

In his Formule1.nl column, Jacques Villeneuve blasted this behaviour.

“Let me start with the most embarrassing thing: the screaming fans when Lewis Hamilton crashed,” the Canadian wrote.


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“No one knows how he is and yet they are clapping. Lewis isn’t even fighting Max this year, it was really embarrassing.

“You should never be cheering after a crash. I just don’t understand the misbehaviour. The people who come in are supposed to be fans of racing.

“Whatever you think inside, keep it to yourself. It’s bad enough if you think like that,” Villeneuve concluded.

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