Your Booing ‘Fuels Me’: Lewis Hamilton Responds to Hostile Reception After Taking Pole at Hungarian GP

Published 07/31/2021, 10:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


The intense qualifying round for the Hungarian Grand Prix is done and dusted, with Lewis Hamilton taking pole. However, many assumed, that with fans back in the grandstands, there would be cheer for the seven-times world champion, but it was quite the opposite – the crowd booed Britain’s Knight.

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Any sportsperson can be heavily affected by the negativity, it often brings them down which sees them drop in performance. However, Hamilton has stated that the negativity that he faces doesn’t bother him. Instead, it gives him the motivation to do better and prove to haters wrong.

Hamilton isn’t fazed by the booing at the Hungaroring

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Hamilton beat his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, and arch-rival, Max Verstappen, for pole position. He faced a lot of negativity from the crowd while he was being interviewed during the post-qualifying session.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

However, instead of letting it bring him down, he says it lifts him up. Hamilton said, “Honestly, I have never actually felt so great with the booing. If anything, it fuels me. So I don’t really mind it.”

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Can Hamilton convert the negativity into a win?

The seven-time world champion has faced a lot of hate ever since his incident with Verstappen at Silverstone two weeks ago. And now, in Budapest, as he takes provisional pole for Sunday’s race.

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Hamilton had a great weekend from the get-go, as he always found himself in the top-3 of the practice session. Now, with pole in the bag, he will surely aim to bring home a win for Mercedes; another victory at Hungary would see him takes nine wins here, the most any driver has had.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifiying REUTERS/Florion Goga

Hamilton is well aware that he will face the same negativity tomorrow as well, as he takes to the grid. But, instead of letting play on his confidence, he will use it to boost himself up.

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What are your predictions for the seven-time world champion as he gets ready for the Hungarian Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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