Dutch Reporter Blames Mercedes & Red Bull F1 Bosses for Inciting Lewis Hamilton Hate in Hungary

Published 08/13/2021, 8:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix witnessed seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, face a substantial amount of hate from the spectators. Fans booed the Briton as he stepped up in parc ferme after securing pole position ahead of Max Verstappen.

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Later that weekend, he received a similar level of treatment despite putting up a stellar comeback show to steal P3 from Carlos Sainz. And Ziggo Sport reporter, Jack Plooij, is absolutely disappointed with Dutch fans.

But that’s not it. The Dutchman laid a stronger claim against the team principals of Red Bull and Mercedes, who were in their own off-track rivalry.

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Red Bull & Mercedes bosses to blame for fans’ hate?

When Hamilton faced booing from the crowd in Hungary last weekend, it initially looked like the rivalry between himself and Verstappen was to blame. But Plooij reckoned that it wasn’t the only reason.

Both Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have fired shots at each other throughout this season, which Plooij felt may have gotten into the fans’ heads.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Hence, he affirmed that the politics between Horner and Wolff is partially the reason behind rising hate for Verstappen and Hamilton. “I don’t think that’s right. They shouldn’t do something like that,” he said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport Netherlands.

By pushing it outwards like that, the fans pick it up very much. And I’m a bit ashamed of that. Booing for a race winner, come on. I’ve never experienced that in Formula 1,” he further added.

More hate in store for Lewis Hamilton?

Very much likely. After all, the incidents at Silverstone and Hungaroring may have intensified the rivalry between Mercedes and Red Bull.

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Although neither of the drivers has shown any kind of scorn against each other, one can’t say the same for the fans.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fist bumps Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

And with the next two races set to take place at Spa and Zandvoort, there are going to be a significant number of Dutch spectators in the stands, celebrating the with orange smokes.

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Hence, Mercedes, on the whole, are in for a tough couple of race weekends. But, against the underlying odds, will the Dutch fans opt to respect Hamilton amidst requests from the director of the Dutch Grand Prix? Well, we’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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