The world champion Lewis Hamilton, received jeers after qualifying on pole position, both when he got out of his Mercedes and then when speaking to Sky F1’s Johnny Herbert in the post-session interview. Hamilton shrugged off the boos.
“Honestly, I’ve never actually felt so great with the booing,” said Hamilton. “If anything it just fuels me. So I don’t really mind it.”
Although Hungary follows two weeks after the British GP at Silverstone, when Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided with the latter crashing out. The controversy and fallout has proved polarising, and continued to dominate into this weekend’s event in Budapest.
However, speaking in the press conference about the booing, Hamilton added: “That’s sport, right? And people act wild when it’s sport, it’s competition, and I don’t take it to heart. I must be doing something right to be up front. It’s pretty good for me otherwise.”
Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate, stood up for the seven-time world champion. After finishing an answer on an unrelated question about qualifying, an unprompted Bottas added: “I don’t normally say about these kind of things what I think, but I heard a lot booing at the end of the qualifying. I don’t understand it.
“I would like the people to question themselves, their behavior, because I don’t think it’s fair. We are here as athletes to give every single bit we have for the sport we love.
“Lewis did an amazing lap at the end and then you get booing. So I think the people, just question yourself, it’s not right, it’s not fair and we don’t want to see these kind of things.”