Max Verstappen won’t tell Dutch Grand Prix fans not to boo Lewis Hamilton

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Max Verstappen admitted he will not tell his home fans to not boo Lewis Hamilton at the Dutch Grand Prix. Formula 1 returned from its four-week summer break with the rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. 

The Dutchman was declared the winner of the aborted race, as poor conditions confined spectators to just two laps behind the safety car.

Per F1 regulations, this was enough mileage to officially classify the Grand Prix and award half points to those in the top 10. 

As a result, Verstappen has closed the gap in the Drivers’ Championship to just three points behind Hamilton.

Ahead of F1’s return to the Netherlands this weekend, the 23-year-old played down the expected hostility of the Dutch fans towards his British rival.

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“I look at it like this, when you go to a football match, you come into the home ground, the opposition will be booed at some point and it’s not up to the local club to go on to the speakers and say ‘guys, you cannot boo’ as it will naturally happen,” Verstappen said.

“Also in football, they are very passionate and they support their local team.

“I don’t think it’s up to me to then say ‘guys you cannot boo’ because at the end of the day I am not them and I have to just focus on what I am doing on the track. 

“I am pretty sure that most of them are here for a great weekend to see cars racing and of course, some of them will boo.

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“I cannot decide for them. Like you say you can do it and say ‘you cannot do this’, but do you really think they’re going to listen to me? 

“I just hope that they will have a good weekend.”

Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, was loudly booed by fans in attendance when he secured pole position at the Hungaroring.

While he remains adamant it is not up to him to control the Dutch fans, Verstappen stated he does not want the atmosphere to negatively affect Hamilton’s performance at Zandvoort. 

“That would be bad if that would give me an added boost,” the Dutchman added.

“As long as it doesn’t affect Lewis, I guess that’s what you want to hear, right?

“That’s the most important. What I hope from the whole weekend is that everyone is having a good time and they enjoy seeing the cars on the track, seeing us battle it out there for the best possible result.”

The Dutch Grand Prix is the second race of the triple-header that began with last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix and ends with a trip to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. 

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