Yesterday, German Sebastian Vettel took a huge step towards his fourth straight world title with a victory in the Singapore Formula 1 (F1) race. A race he won by over 30 sec…and boos from the crowd while on the podium.
The 26-year-old 3-time world champion laughed it off and the F1 Supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, even compared Vettel to 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher (who was also booed on occasion) as been too good for his own good. Sorry but I have to disagree with Ecclestone. I don’t think Vetttel is booed for being too good, I think he’s booed for the direct opposite.
Yes, Michael Schumacher has suffered boos on occasion but even then everyone (including his own rivals) agreed that he was the best driver in F1 then. Vettel do not have that. If you ask fans who is the best driver currently in F1 is, fans will say Spain's Fernando Alonso, followed by Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen and then maybe, U.K’s Lewis Hamilton. Vettel comes in third or fourth in the standings.
That is why he is being booed. Not for being too good, but because fans think he is winning only because he got the best car and with the full support of his Red Bull team. Remember earlier this season when he disobeyed a direct order from his team not to overtake his team-mate Mark Webber? After Webber had switched down his car? What happened to Vettel then? Nothing.
Fair or not, that’s why fans boo Vettel. Fans think he wins only because he got an advantage over his rivals. Fans think if he is in the same car as everyone else, he might not even beat Webber, much less Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton.
That’s why fans boo Vettel, Not for being too good, but for being not good enough!