Max Verstappen has warned F1 world No. 1 Lewis Hamilton to expect a hostile reception at the upcoming Dutch Grand Prix. Hamilton and Verstappen are currently embroiled in a heated fight for the title – with Hamilton leading the way by only 3 points.
But the Dutch GP won’t be the only event to see Hamilton booed – with the Brit jeered by the crowds at both the Belgian and Hungarian Grands Prix.
The weekend sees Formula 1 return to the Netherlands for the first time in nearly 36 years – with up to 70,000 fans expected to attend the big Verstappen homecoming race.
Interesting to note is that Verstappen has stopped short of requesting his fans from refraining to direct their vocal dislike of Hamilton at the Brit. Verstappen explained this week that even when attending something like a football match, fans can be expected to boo opposing sides at some point – and that there’s no reason F1 should be any exception. He added that it wasn’t up to him to tell people what to do at sporting events.
While Hamilton has on a previous occasion claimed not to be bothered by opposing fans, and instead even being spurred on to win, he recently referred to booing crowds as people having “hate” towards him in their hearts. He also referred to British fans refraining from this sort of behaviour while speaking at Zandpoort, saying everybody’s just interested in having fun and enjoying their weekends when attending the races.
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