Vettel makes peace with rival fans after 4th title
Basking in the euphoria of his fourth straight Formula One world
championship title, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel moved toward making
peace with fans from other teams who have booed his wins at several
Vettel, who claimed his fourth title after winning Sunday’s
Indian Grand Prix, has been greeted by booing during his podium
appearances in Italy, Singapore and other races by fans who appear
not to appreciate the clinical manner in which he wins them.
”It hurts not to get the reception you expect, but I’m clever
enough to know why they do it,” Vettel said. ”I’m not blaming
The German remains more concerned with getting the respect of
his F1 rivals.
”I think the most important thing for me is to get the respect
of the people I know and race against, and I feel respected among
the drivers,” he said. ”You have to fight for getting that
respect when you come into F1.”
There was no booing Sunday when enthusiastic Indian crowds raced
to the fence as Vettel performed several donuts on the track before
climbing from his car, acknowledging the crowd and kneeling with
his head bowed to the track. On the podium, Nico Rosberg and Romain
Grosjean hoisted Vettel on their shoulders.
As for the less appreciative crowds, Vettel says he understands
”I don’t blame the people that booed. If I go to a football
stadium I cheer for the home team,” he said.
”Maybe if I was a fan of McLaren, Ferrari, one of the
traditional teams, I wouldn’t like it if the same guy and the same
team wins again and again.”