F1 : Hamilton – BOO WHO?
I recently wrote an article about the booing incident at Monza for F1Plus.com. Many of you heard it on the telly and some of you may have witnessed it live. The act of booing and heckling opponents in many sports is accepted if not encouraged by some. It wasn’t an easy piece to write because firstly, It’s not who I am, secondly, I knew there would be some kick back…and there has been.
Personally, I’ve been guilty of doing it at various sporting events in my younger years. I’ve since mellowed a bit and realized that the players and teams usually put it all on the line on the field. Never a truer statement when we bring that into the F1 fold. We saw in Belgium how a matter of inches means the difference between life and death for F1 drivers. It is for this reason that I don’t feel that any disrespect should be shown to those involved in this sport that we love. While it is a choice they make, the realities of death at every GP are real enough for drivers, track marshals and team crew members.
Nonetheless, F1 is a sport and subject to public scrutiny, actions and reactions. Whether we admit it or not, we all criticize, boo and cheer in our own way. I can count numerous occasions where Maldonado was chastised, criticized, vilified, slammed and insulted by Hamilton fans for instance. The circumstances were different from in Monza however. Lewis had just won the grand prix off a flawless drive. He knew he was in for it on the podium and even spoke Italian to the sea of Tifosi.
The article can be found here: http://www.f1plus.com/en/news/item/2245-italian-gp-booing-who
Author: Ernie Black