Formula 1

F1 figures condemn Sebastian Vettel booing

Ecclestone compared Vettel to Senna & Schumacher (©GettyImages)
Ecclestone compared Vettel to Senna & Schumacher (©GettyImages).

Leading figures in the F1 paddock have condemned the recent booing of Sebastian Vettel after his wins this season.

It started in Canada when the usual ruckus crowd starting booing the German after he easily won the race in Montreal. From then on at all the races Vettel has appeared on the podium some fans have continued the booing trait.

Notably at Silverstone one of the loudest cheers of the season was heard when Vettel suffered a gearbox problem and stopped in front of the main grandstand.

Fellow German and motorsport legend Hans-Joachim Stuck believes the lack of affection towards Vettel stems from a lack of "charsima", but he does feel that the 26-year-old should not be unfairly booed for his continued success.

"All I can say is, dear Sebastian, don't worry about," said Stuck to reporters.

He added: "Vettel does not have the charisma of an Alonso or a Raikkonen, either you have it or you don't," he insisted. "He's still a great guy."

Indeed Stuck claims that other drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen are not booed because they fit to the "typical racing driver cliche".

"One has women, the other is often drunk under the table. And drivers with corners and edges are more loved by the fans at certain times than a slick one who only wins," he added.

Asked what Vettel could do to stop the booing, Stuck joked he could stop winning, though F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone reckons that could stop happening when the new rules come into effect in 2014.

"We're going to have completely new cars, new engines, new rules," he told Bild newspaper.

"That will be the chance for Ferrari and Mercedes to catch up with Vettel."

Ecclestone compared Vettel's recent domination to that of his idol Michael Schumacher and the great Ayrton Senna, though one of Senna's biggest fans, Lewis Hamilton, claims he would not want to win so dominantly like Vettel does.

"Me, I don't want to be able to be that far ahead, I want to be able to fight with him or whoever," Hamilton told the Independent.

Hamilton's boss at Mercedes Toto Wolff admits Red Bull are achieving the goals that his team should be aiming for, while Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo also admitted he wouldn't mind a Vettel-style era of domination for his team.

Asked about the Vettel booing Di Montezemolo told Tuttosport that Vettel is "a great driver".

"In Singapore I saw a nice Ferrari test, we were the best of the ordinary, but I want to go back to being extraordinary," Montezemolo added.

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