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Tifosi weren't booing Verstappen, says Binotto

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14/09/2022

Ferrari boss, Mattia Binotto believes that the boos from the crowd seemingly aimed at Max Verstappen were actually aimed at the FIA following a disappointing end to Grand Prix.

As the world champion walked on to the podium, there was loud booing from the gathering crowd of fans that filled the track beneath.

"When it happens, of course, everyone speaks to me about it, with the booing and stuff," said Verstappen at the subsequent press conference. "But at the end of the day, I'm here to try and win the race, which I've done.

"Some people, of course, they can't appreciate that but that's of course because they're very passionate fans of a different team. And this is what it is. It's not going to spoil my day. I'm just enjoying the moment."

"Nobody likes booing and I think it shouldn't happen," added Charles Leclerc. "That's it."

However, Mattia Binotto believes the booing, which was heard long before the podium ceremony and began while the field followed the Safety Car, was aimed at officials for the let-down that was the final laps of the race.

"Booing a driver is never great, especially Max, the fastest driver on track and a deserving winner, it’s not good," said the Ferrari boss.

"The booing from our Tifosi was more towards the FIA and simply by booing the winner, it was trying to boo the FIA," he added. "The Tifosi out there believed the safety car could have ended and we could have had a couple of laps for the show today, for the battles on track."

Of course, they could have been booing Binotto and Ferrari for an unnecessary (early) pit stop that effectively robbed Leclerc of a famous victory.

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1. Posted by MossMan, 15/09/2022 12:18

"What I actually found more embarrassing was the fact they tried to censor the booing (on British Channel 4 coverage, at least)! I'd noticed hints of jeering several times, but they kept cutting the audio feed from crowd-facing microphones so you only got the track-side announcer, interviewer, etc.

It was most noticeable when Max stepped up to the podium... lots of crowd noise mixed in with the announcer and the (IMO) dismal Hans Zimmer theme music, Max walking towards the stage, build up of booooOOOO - then cut to sterile music-only audio while people on the screen are silently mouthing congratulations to each other and the commentators continue to moan about the FIA rule application. The decision to censor the jeers was itself quite distasteful, if you ask me."

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2. Posted by kenji, 14/09/2022 12:00

"If you're allowed to cheer then you're equally entitled to boo. I sypathise with the fans who paid such exorbitant prices for tickets only to be treated to a final 'milk run ' finish. The 'pinnacle' of global motorsport...right."

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3. Posted by Burton, 13/09/2022 17:43

"Boo-urns"

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4. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 12/09/2022 19:04

"Sometimes races finish behind the safety car and that's just the way it goes and yes, it can wreck a race for some drivers and make a race for others.

Same for when the safety car is called out (just ask Liam Lawson or Marcus Armstrong).

Depending on the incident, Race Control also can't make the decision to red flag until all the information is available from their marshals on scene.
Car 3 stopped at a difficult to recover spot on the track and that was complicated as it would not roll back to the gap in the fence, meaning a recovery vehicle had to be found and put on track.
All of that takes time and the barriers were not damaged and the recovery could be done safely while the safety car was on track and all the drivers had had a lap to see where the incident was.
There was no need for a red flag.
Now to the booing.
It would not have mattered if any other driver other than a Ferrari driver had won as the Ferrari fans just don't like the other teams. It is nothing unusual.
Binotto can try and deflect the behaviour as much as he likes but the fact remains, the Ferrari "fans" boo other teams and drivers every year. This year they were louder than usual."

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5. Posted by Hobgoblin, 12/09/2022 12:02

"I don't think the issue here is whether they followed the rules or not, but the speed and efficacy with which they implemented them."

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6. Posted by Superbird70, 12/09/2022 10:19

"You can't have it both ways. Either FIA follows its own rules or we get Abu Dhabi. Take your pick, but only one."

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7. Posted by jcr, 12/09/2022 9:02

"And not a Massi in sight !!
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8. Posted by KKK, 12/09/2022 6:27

"Its a joke the way the FIA is handling the rules . Why not have double waved yellows where the stricken car was ? It just ruined the whole race. Its become an absolute farce. t the end it wasnt a race, it was a procession. I would have booed too"

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