• Singapore Grand Prix

Booing fans don't understand F1 - Lauda

ESPN Staff
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Niki Lauda: "It's ridiculous, these people don't understand what the guy is doing" © Sutton Images

Three-time champion Niki Lauda has labelled fans that booed Sebastian Vettel after his victory in Singapore as ridiculous and said they do not understand Formula One.

Vettel has been booed on the podium at various rounds this year, but the show of disrespect has been particularly noticeable at the last two races in Italy and Singapore. Lauda said Vettel deserved better and the fans should give him the respect he deserves.

"It's ridiculous, these people don't understand what the guy is doing," Lauda told Sky Sports. "I take my hat off to his performance because the guy was leading the race from the first lap onwards, could have lapped everybody and if I could choose I would give him the world championship today for this drive. For me he was outstanding.

"Vettel did nothing wrong. The same happened in Italy because they love Ferrari. But if Ferrari was better they wouldn't have to boo the other guy, it's very simple."

After the race Vettel said: "Some people like what we do, other people don't. If they boo it's a compliment, that's the way I take it because they are jealous when we win in front of whoever they support. It seems that they are on a tour and are wealthy enough to afford the flights to come to Singapore. I think it's not worth thinking about it and we love winning, which is what we did in the end."