Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel feels some fans have been unfair to boo him this season
German unsure why he received a hostile reception at Silverstone
By William Esler. Last Updated: 05/09/13 11:03am
Sebastian Vettel is unsure why he was booed at the British Grand Prix - and admits he feels it was unjust.
The World Champion's retirement from the lead of the race at Silverstone was met with jeers from the crowd, whilst his appearance at the post race concert also received a hostile reception.
This came just three weeks after Vettel was booed on the podium having eased to victory at the Canadian GP, but the German says whilst he was surprised by the reaction at Silverstone, he does not let it affect him.
"I didn't understand it," he told the Daily Mail.
"I had not done anything to make them do it. I went up on to the stage later for the post-race concert and got booed again. I took my camera out and said, 'If you are going to boo me at least do it properly.' I tried to make a laugh out of it.
"But you don't like it when people boo. Obviously in the British Grand Prix if I am leading and they want a British driver to win they might not like it, which is fair, but booing, I don't think that is fair. If one starts booing, others join in. I don't think they were all wanting to boo per se - it was a chain reaction, so you shouldn't get too upset by that."
As Vettel edges towards a fourth consecutive title, many are predicting Lewis Hamilton will be his closest challenger in 2013. The German says his relationship with the Mercedes driver has improved this season, but has no intention of embracing the 28-year-old's celebrity lifestyle away from the circuit.
"Lately, I have got on very well with Lewis," he added.
"He has a different lifestyle, it is fair to say that. I am not on Facebook. I am not on Twitter. I choose the farm, way outside the city. For him, maybe the city and some parties is what he likes. I don't judge him.
"I think it is important to be who I am. The moment you try to be someone else it backfires. If someone, Lewis for example, likes to live a certain life, in the celebrity world, it is the best way he will recover, strange as it sounds. It probably allows him to perform at his optimum."