Bottas tells Hungarian crowd to “question themselves” for booing Hamilton

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After Lewis Hamilton received a slew of boos and jeers from the crowd at the Hungaroring, Valtteri Bottas felt compelled to speak out.

Hamilton scored another sensational pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, but after he got out of the car, he was welcomed by a chorus of boos.

At the post qualifying press conference Valtteri Bottas felt the need to address the crowd.

“I don’t normally [talk] about these kind of things, what I think, but I heard a lot of booing at end of qualifying and I don’t understand it,” the Finn said.

“I would like the people to question themselves and the behaviour, which I don’t think is fair. We are here as athletes to give every single thing we have to the sport we love, and Lewis did an amazing lap at the end and then you get booing.

“So, the people, just question yourself; it’s not right, it’s not fair and we don’t want to see these kind of things.”

Bottas was then asked if he was content with qualifying in P2.

“To be honest, not 100% pleased. For me, the issue was, I lost a bit of rhythm in Q2 with the medium tyres, I didn’t feel that comfortable with the rear of the car.


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“So then it was not easy to go back on the softs and really attack it fully, so it was not so clean and definitely not my best laps of the weekend.

“But still good enough to get to the front row, so that’s good,” concluded the Finn.

Max Verstappen was also asked about the reception Lewis got in Hungary.

“Yes, well, what do you want me to say,” started the Dutch driver.

“Of course, it’s not correct but at the end of the day, I think we are drivers, you shouldn’t get disturbed by these kind of things.

“You know, you should anyway just focus on what you have to do and that’s deliver in the car.

“But luckily of course we wear helmets, so actually when you’re driving, of course where it matters, you don’t hear anything.

“That’s maybe a bit different to other sports so we are quite lucky with that,” concluded Verstappen.

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