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

races.

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

them.”

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

their emotions.

”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.”