“Hate in Their Hearts” – Lewis Hamilton Responds to Ugly Booing at Belgian GP

Published 08/29/2021, 4:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, endured a tough weekend so far at the Spa-Francorchamps. The Briton qualified P3 for the Belgian Grand Prix, behind arch-rival Max Verstappen and his potential future teammate George Russell.

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The event took place at Max Verstappen’s birthplace, Belgium, and was attended by many of his fans, who reflected their displeasure with Hamilton by booing and jeering. The same incident occurred during the Hungarian GP qualifying when the Knight was hooted at by the Orange Army after he secured the pole position.

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Meanwhile, the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton, opens up on the hate and negativity spread by other fans. In addition, the Briton acknowledges the constant support he receives from his fans.

You encourage me to push and never give up: Lewis Hamilton

After the qualifying session of the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton shared a message from his official Instagram account for his fans who attended the event in the rain. He wrote: “I’d like to just thank each and every one of you here at the race supporting me #teamlh.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

“I know you sat in the rain all day and it’s miserable, but knowing you are here encourages me to push and never give up.”

“I also know you stand alongside a lot of people who boo me and have hate in their hearts towards me, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me. Love conquers all and we gotta whole lot of love to give,” added Hamilton.

Verstappen fans urged to behave during the Dutch Grand Prix

F1 returns to the Netherlands for the first time since 1985. The race is scheduled to take place as the second leg of the second triple-header of the season.

It’s an enormous boost for the title contender, Max Verstappen, as the race will take place in his backyard, and one can surely expect an electrifying atmosphere from the Orange Army around the Zandvoort circuit.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Meanwhile, Dutch GP organizer Jan Lammers has urged his countrymen to behave during the event and not to wail on for what happened at the opening lap at the British GP.

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“Sport should unite people and we should not get hooligan situations like in football. It’s logical that everyone has their own preferences, but let’s deal with it in a civilized way. In such a way that we surprise Hamilton with our sportsmanship and hospitality,” said Jan Lammers.

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.

“We are talking about a seven-time World Champion who can be compared to a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. You have to welcome them to the stadium with a big round of applause and not judge them on one incident.” [h/t Planet F1]

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Can Max Verstappen come victorious over Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian GP or WILL the Briton will make a splendid comeback? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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