Verstappen: Boos at F1 Italian GP “will not spoil my day”
The reigning System 1 world champion recovered from a five-place grid drop for an engine change to take his fifth consecutive victory by beating house favorite Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Verstappen had been main the race after Ferrari polesitter Charles Leclerc made a second pitstop to vary onto a set of sentimental tyres. The Pink Bull driver, who was working a one-stop technique on medium tyres, was holding the hole to Leclerc when Daniel Ricciardo stopped his McLaren between the 2 Lesmo corners together with his automotive caught in gear.
The automotive couldn’t be moved again behind the obstacles and required a crane to raise it from the roadside.
Whereas the leaders pitted for recent tyres in anticipation of a restart and a late dash to the end, the race remained underneath security automotive situations to the top.
The result was greeted by boos from the Monza crowd, whereas Verstappen was additionally booed throughout his post-race interview in parc ferme carried out by Martin Brundle.
Whereas F1 crowd booing hasn’t been a typical theme in 2022, it was prevalent through the intense title struggle between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton final 12 months.
Verstappen performed down the boos aimed toward him and accepted it was from the tifosi who felt Leclerc was denied the possibility to struggle him for the win on the finish when the race completed behind the security automotive.
Followers flood the circuit in celebration on the finish of the race
Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Photos
“It occurs, everybody speaks to me about it with the booing and stuff however on the finish of the day I’m right here to attempt to win the race which we have finished,” Verstappen stated.
“Some individuals after all they can’t recognize that as a result of they’re very passionate followers for a distinct group. It’s what it’s.
“It’s not going to spoil my day, I’m simply having fun with the second.”
Leclerc added he felt F1 followers ought to cease booing any driver, whereas using flares within the grandstands got here up once more at Monza.
Two flares have been thrown on the Zandvoort monitor throughout Dutch GP qualifying final weekend, whereas issues over monitor visibility being a security challenge have additionally been raised.
“I feel no person likes booing and I feel it should not occur. That is it,” Leclerc stated.
“And for the flares, personally I feel it’s OK when it’s used earlier than the formation lap or laps to the grid, however then typically through the race it may be a bit complicated for us. It’s the manner it’s, after the chequered flag there was a bit however not too disturbing.”