“Fans are Passionate” – Max Verstappen Defends Potential Lewis Hamilton Heckling at Zandvoort

Published 09/02/2021, 8:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Max Verstappen is obviously looking forward to his home race in the Netherlands. The Orange Army will fill the Grandstands, cheering Max on as he makes his way around Zandvoort. But, is this bad news for Lewis?

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Ever since the incident at Copse in Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton’s rapport with the fan was declined. Fans, especially those supporting Max, have been booing the 7-time champion ever since. However, Verstappen stated that there’s nothing he can do to change this; he did this by drawing an analogy to football fans.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

In an interview, Max said, “Well, when a football team travels to another team for an away game, they have to expect boos. The fans are passionate about what they do. And I’ve never met a football team who stepped up to the mics and said – please don’t boo our opponent.”

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Even if he were to say something, the Dutchman believes it would make no difference. That’s just the way it is, and it’s definitely not my job to moderate the fans. I also can’t imagine that they would listen to me.”

Exciting home race for Max Verstappen

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Looking forward to the newly done-up track, Verstappen couldn’t contain his excitement to get his car to the tarmac. “The whole system makes a fabulous impression, everything looks very cool that has been set up here. And I am convinced – the track will be so much fun for us pilots. I’m curious to see how fast we will be here with the F1 racing cars.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Nonetheless, the driver believes he’d have to wait till Friday to learn about the pace on the track. Still, he remains confident with the car given to him. “But we’ve been competitive on most tracks this season, so it shouldn’t be any different here.”

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As the rivalry faces another round, the three-point gap will soon change. Will the booing fuel Lewis or will Max draw power from the fans? A lot can change at Zandvoort.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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