Perhaps it’s just a “meme” (how I hate that word and everything it stands for) and something formula 1 fans feel they need to bandwagon on. Maybe it’s the attention span of a guppy or the bravery of being out of range. Then again, it could be frustration boiling over with the current state of Formula 1 or simply the odd fact that F1 fans now need someone to hate in order to enjoy the racing.

Whatever it is, no matter how daft or justifiable, it needs to stop. The incessant jeering of Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull during podium celebrations is nothing short of base behavior from the current breed of “fans”. I’d argue they aren’t true F1 fans at all if they can’t recall McLaren’s domination of the sport with Ayrton Senna (who ran his fair share of drivers off the circuit and bullied his way to victory) or Williams F1 with the respect and congratulations born from humility and appreciate for their achievements.

I here the refrain that goes like this, “not another Schumacher era with a German dominating the sport and making F1 boring!” and I have trouble understanding the sentiment as Schumacher wasn’t booed like this and I think we would all agree that he was not as personable as Vettel has been to fans and press.

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel didn’t simply buy a F1 bot or hack that evades Punkbuster, loaded it and started winning everything. Sebastian Vettel has been driving since he was a small kid in Germany and has paid dearly for his success. Christian Horner has achieved incredible things in his 40 years including running the Arden F3000 team winning team championships. Adrian Newey has honed his craft for decades on both sides of the pond and with some of the world’s biggest motor sport teams to reach the level he has at Red Bull. Every team member has a story and has sacrificed so much to make that team what it is.

Some of the team have been there since the Stewart Ford or Jaguar days and toiled in mediocrity for years before reaching the title of World Champion—they’ve been around since 1997 and worked their tails off to get to this level! I can’t imagine how fans can be so obtuse as to not understand the sacrifice and challenge of winning in F1 while apparently cherishing their own instantaneous gratification above all else. You’ve paid a lot to the F1 gods? Let’s look at that.

How much have you actually spent on being a Formula 1 fan? Add it up. Is it a big number? Do you feel entitled? Does F1 owe you something for your dedication as a fan? What do they owe you? A vettel-less world? A villain? A world in which there is a new winner at every grand prix and no domination of the sport? Do they owe you average teams producing average results? Maybe they owe you “more passing” and the gratification of unpredictability during each grand prix weekend so you will be entertained more for your dollar? Is that Red Bull or Sebastian Vettel’s fault?

You see, Formula 1 has never been that way in its long history. There have always been moments of sheer thrill and defeat but the series has had processional racing, lack of passing, dominating players and money. It ebbs and flows over time and with change. The sport has been around a long time and has had differing levels of entertainment value, success, failure, controversy and financial struggles. That’s what it is to be a fan of F1.

Quite honestly, if you’re watching Formula 1 to be wildly entertained each race and the results are guaranteed to be Twitter-worthy fodder and prime Instagram opportunities for you, then you may want to watch another sport. Booing Sebastian Vettel under the guise of Malaysia’s team orders incident or the fear of a dominating return to a new Schumacher era is really missing the point.

People booing drivers or teams at podium ceremonies simply make F1 fans look foolish. The pinnacle of motorsport has a fan base that is incapable of understanding what it takes to achieve what Red Bull has achieved in the very sport they say they love? The action betrays the logic and it is far from edifying.

Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix may have been processional but I don’t see it that way and I am a Ferrari fan for Pete’s sake! I saw a team and driver work so perfectly together that the entire team should be applauded for the work and effort they all put in. It was, by anyone’s measure, a superlative effort. Christian Horner was nonplussed telling AUTOSPORT:

“There is a small collective group and it is like a pantomime, but it is so unfair because it is not sporting,” said Horner.

“The boy today has driven an unbelievable race. What you have witnessed today is one of the best drives that I have seen him produce in terms of raw pace, and I just don’t think it is sporting to see a driver who has put a performance in like that not get the reception he deserves.

“He is a great kid. He has a great sense of humour. He has a big heart at the end of the day.”

If you were to say that by booing Vettel, you are merely taking your fandom to a new emotional and experiential level by making Sebastian the new villain and it adds to your excitement by booing him while gnashing your teeth over the very notion of who will actually beat him, I would say find another sport. Formula 1 doesn’t need that kind of meme and mob mentality to succeed.

People don’t have to like Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel’s domination but I’ll be damned if I can understand how they cannot show it the respect it deserves due to their personal satisfaction not being met. It’s very odd and I would say that this might not be the sport for them.

Fans asked for this remember? Fans said “I want more prolific passing and HD tires and DRS and a spiced-up show”. Color may be its own reward but passing isn’t.

Are you bored with F1? Then find another sport where booing is encouraged…oh…there aren’t many are there? Perhaps the new breed of fan is devoid of common decency, decorum and civility but I hope they find another sport to exercise those wonderful qualities in.

I recall last year, as a Kansas City Chiefs fan, that the fans were so frustrated with the team’s losing record after years of unrivaled support that they actually erupted in cheers when our own quarterback got injured during a game. It was the blackest day in Chiefs fan history and the guilt and shame was palpable. I feel the very same about this…it’s shameful behavior and simple mob hooliganism that exposes a pathetic fan base at best and a narrative on current culture and generational insensitivity at worst.

An F1 fan since 1972, NC has spent over 25 years in the technology industry focusing on technology integration, AV systems integration, digital media strategies, technology planning, consulting, speaking, presenting, sales, content strategy, marketing and brand building.
  • Jack Flash (Aust)

    Quote: “Fans asked for this remember? Fans said “I want more prolific passing and HD tires and DRS and a spiced-up show”. Color may be its own reward but passing isn’t.”

    No… I didn’t.
    Not any die-hard Formula 1 fan I know did so either.
    Who are these ‘mythical fans’ who the FIA profess asked for such ‘fake constructs’ in our beloved sport?

    Attention deficited, “entertain me every second dammit”, “gimme a show” styled Gen-Y twiiter-verse mobs???

    Formula 1 may have the most talented depth it has ever had in the Engineering and Driver pools (for sure!), but the Series as a Sport is a mere sliver of a shadow of how truly great it once was. ‘Fake entertainment constructs’ and the truly ridiculous levels of Net_nanny (wet nurse) rules and policing.

    None of this has anything to do with the very poor form of the “new breed” of boorish F1 fans, who are annoyed that the immediate entertainment they demand, for the person they want to win, is not being given to them on an F1 sporting platter. This is very wrong behaviour. It shows how little they must know or appreciate the real scale of individual/team achievements coming together to execute such a dominant display at this level of moptorsport. But then again… it is probably the same minority of twits on twitter who got the FIA to think they were doing what the REAL fanbase of F1 wanted from the sport. Jack Flash.

    • UAN

      +1 JF

  • Christy

    I really don’t understand the booing. Vettel is awesome and will go down as one of the greats. Fans should feel privileged to be around to witness it.

  • xlr8r

    I’m sorry NC, but I have to disagree. In fact now that the Vettel booing has become rather common place, I am starting to get tired of everyone trying to tell people to stop booing.

    As a fan, I have the right to cheer and jeer who I like and do not like. IMO I think they go hand in hand when it concerns a sport that you are passionate about the competition with who wins and who loses. For competitions that are more friendly in nature, like say the Olympics, or a Marathon for instance, I would too look down upon people booing. But F1 is more like the NFL, MLB, Soccer, etc in that fans are passionate about who wins and loses, the are not watching just to see the spectacle of the event. What would these sports be if people did not cheer or boo at all? The sports would be boring. Therefore If there is going to be cheering in F1, that a little bit of booing is perfectly fine. It adds life to the sport and event IMO.

    Also, as a competitor, Vettel has done himself no favors, and seems to never show any true humility. I can not remember a time when Vettel seemed to really face a hardship or struggle, and show true emotion when he faces that hardship or struggle. Yes, the guy shows emotion, but it is only when things seem to go his way. Plus he only seems to care about himself. The other drivers show much more care for each other. Even Schumacher and Senna showed great care for their fellow drivers much more than Vettel lately.

    The end of the race at Malaysia really will be Vettel’s biggest mistake in his career, as that day he showed to the world that he only cares about himself. Even though he thanks them when he wins, he did not show any respect for his team that day, and showed no respect to his teammate. He thought he could get awAy with everything that day. So yes in the end he won the race, but he lost the respect of a lot of the F1 fanbase. So IMO people are booing because of Malaysia.

    I was at Montreal this year, I booed him at the podium, I have no problem with what I did, and I am not even Ferrari fan.

    • No harm in disagreeing mate. Perfectly fine. Thanks for sharing your opinion on the issue.

      Was it the act in Malaysia or him dying he’d do it again if the situation arose? Is that different than Senna, Prost, Schumacher, or Alonso?

    • Christian

      “Also, as a competitor, Vettel has done himself no favors, and seems to never show any true humility. I can not remember a time when Vettel seemed to really face a hardship or struggle, and show true emotion when he faces that hardship or struggle. Yes, the guy shows emotion, but it is only when things seem to go his way. Plus he only seems to care about himself. ”

      To me that says: I dislike the guy but have no real reasons at all other than he’s winning. Why: because your reasons are so vague that there’s nothing he could do to prove you wrong or couldn’t be interpreted against him the other way round.

      “The other drivers show much more care for each other.”
      Yeah right, who doesn’t remember great signs of care for each other like Alonso intentionally blocking Hamilton from setting a qualification lap. But Vettel probably has never bought the others any cupcakes for their birthday so we should boo him.

      “Even Schumacher and Senna showed great care for their fellow drivers much more than Vettel lately.”
      Rrrright. The two guys who intentionally crashed into others to gain an advantage were much nicer than Vettel who disregarded a team order at the cost of his teammate who in the past had ignored team orders as well and was applauded for it. Schumacher and Senna would never have done anything like that. It’s monstrous! Seriously, what should Vettel do? Set another driver on fire so that he can run across the track to help him just to show that he cares as much as Senna?

      The way I see it is Vettel is a much nicer guy than most of the great champions of the past. Perhaps not the most likable on the grid, but certainly unworthy of hatred but worthy of respect. The problem is, he has a great car and knows to use it. His performances are so flawless that F1, at times, becomes as boring as in the Schumacher era. I’m not happy about that either, but I have deep respect for him and the team. It would be just as unfriendly but would make more sense if the fans booed the other teams and drivers for not being fast enough.

      • TooGood2Tell

        “Even Schumacher and Senna showed great care for their fellow drivers much more than Vettel lately.”
        >>Was there fire or sinkhole on the track after Rascasse? :)

    • marileneriddle

      I have to call you out on this because it just isn’t factual.

      You claim Sebastian never shows true emotion or humility when facing struggles. This is your claim against the driver who cried after Japan 2007 and apologized profusely to Webber. The driver who apologized to Button for Belgium 2010. The driver who congratulated Kimi for Abu Dhabi 2013 and applauded Hamilton over the line despite just losing the race win in USA 2013.

      You say that Sebastian doesn’t care for his competitors. When he praised Rosberg for his pole and victory in Monaco 2013. When he commended Massa for his 2nd place and was delighted for Kamui for his podium in Japan 2012. When the first thing he asked Kimi in the podium room was “how is your back?” in Singapore 2013.

      It is a total other thing if you just dislike him. But to give Sebastian unfair labels is wrong.

      • TooGood2tell

        +1 .

      • xlr8r

        Vettel was likable back in 2007, 2008, and 2009. It is Istanbul 2010 that turned him from a likable young talent to a bit of a spoiled brat. Since that point Vettel has been untouchable within the Red Bull organization. He can do no wrong in Red Bulls eyes, and gets away with everything even when he disobeys the team. So for me it is instances like the front wing switch at Silverstone 2010, Helmut Marko yelling at Alguersuari for holding up Vettel in just free practice, and the final straw Malaysia 2013 that have made me not like Vettel, and not like the Red Bull team as a whole.

        IMO, Schumacher cared for his teammates more than Seb has yet shown. Michael, tried to help Irvine win the Championship after his accident, he let Rubens win a Race in return for what happened in Austria, and Retired early so that Massa would not lose his drive at Ferrari. I have yet to see Seb do anything to help out Webber IMO.

        I get that my opinion is going to be in the minority on this site, but I still feel the need to express it here. I am not trying to change peoples minds. But I do not like the way Seb handles himself and also how Red Bull handle themselves for the most part. You do not earn my respect just because you are talented, can win, or are champion. You earn my respect based on how you behave on the whole. I do not like ruthless attitudes and a win at all costs mentality. Booing is the way as a fan to show drivers and athletes that you may have won, but winning is not everything. You need to do more than just win, to earn a fan.

        Again just my opinion.

        • Scholesy

          Do you not remember when Vettel held up the entire grid on a restart so Webber could get away?

          • xlr8r

            Yes, in that situation Vettel made a mistake by leaving a bit too big of a gap to Webber on the restart. Because the gap was so large the stewards penalized Vettel. If he did not get penalized, Vettel probably would have won that race as well. It was an unintended sacrifice he made. IMO Vettel probably thought that even by helping webber, It would not affect him winning in the end, he and the team did not consider getting penalized.

            I was trying to list moments where Michael intentionally sacrificed positions or even the end of his career for his teammates. There are plenty of things Michael did that I do not like as well. He was far from sporting role model in my view.

        • Christian

          “It is Istanbul 2010 that turned him from a likable young talent to a bit of a spoiled brat. Since that point Vettel has been untouchable within the Red Bull organization. He can do no wrong in Red Bulls eyes, and gets away with everything even when he disobeys the team. So for me it is instances like the front wing switch at Silverstone 2010, Helmut Marko yelling at Alguersuari for holding up Vettel in just free practice, and the final straw Malaysia 2013 that have made me not like Vettel, and not like the Red Bull team as a whole.”

          In my opinion, you are blowing things out of proportion: Yes, Istanbul 2010 was dumb and I’d put most of the blame for that incident on Vettel. His reactions didn’t help (which by the way, was certainly emotional). Granted. But it’s not much worse than Button’s “What is he doing” after the Canada 2011 incident with Lewis which was largely his fault. But Button went on to win the race and is everybody’s darling anyways. And it’s certainly not worse than intentionally crashing into others in order to gain an advantage.

          But blaming Vettel for getting a better front wing because the team judged him to be the more capable driver even if that wasn’t reflected in the points (which he has certainly proven by now)? Name one F1 driver who wouldn’t take it! Blame him for the fact that Marko yelled at some driver? Seriously?

          Horner was critical of his Multi-21 move. Vettel apologized to the team, even if he later expressed no regrets towards Webber, which to my mind is somewhat understandable given that Webber has disregarded team orders himself.

          “Michael, tried to help Irvine win the Championship after his accident, he let Rubens win a Race in return for what happened in Austria, and Retired early so that Massa would not lose his drive at Ferrari.”

          Before the Abu Dhabi GP in 2010, Vettel publicly announced that he would help Webber win the championship should the race situation demand it. Was it his fault that Webber destroyed his chances when he damaged his tires? Was it his fault that he won the championship for Red Bull instead?

          Also, in my opinion, granting a race victory to a team mate out of pure grace is probably a gift that is a little poisoned because it’s also a demonstration of “Look how superior I am, I can afford to let others win.” And if you really think Schumacher retired for Massa’s sake, well… I don’t know what say.

          In summary: To me it seems like a complete double standard to boo Vettel and praise guys like Senna and Schumacher at the same time.

          • xlr8r

            This will be my last post on this.

            Look, I am not trying to give high praise anybody in contrast. I am just giving my opinion on why I do not like a driver, and a team he drives for, as an example of why I think the booing is fine when it happens. Everybody has their own biases and opinions, and some of them are flawed. I do not have any issues with other fans liking or disliking different drivers and teams than myself. But as a fan, I myself have the right to cheer who I like, and jeer who I do not like.

            I do not like how F1 is trying to stop fans from expressing their negative views toward anything in the sport. Booing just like cheering is a part of professional sports, it adds to the experience. IMO

          • I understand mate. Thanks for sharing the opinion. We can disagree on the appropriateness of booing and still have a civil discourse. I appreciate your willingness to share your opinion. No harm in disagreeing with my opinion or vice versa. :)

        • TooGood2Tell

          Retired early so that Massa would not lose his drive at Ferrari.
          >> Hmmm, Todt-Brawn-Michael Ferrari Control, Internal Political battle, undermining Montezemelo authority. Story of Michael’s forced exit, followed by forced exits of Brawn and Todt ( whom Luca still tried to undermine whenever possible).

  • offcamberM3

    So Horner says this was one of Vettel’s best drives. Maybe this is Seb’s reaction to the recent booing. Good for you, Seb. The best response to poor sportsmanship is great sportsmanship.

    • danfgough


  • Fandangio

    There’s nothing new here. Just look through the old forum posts and you’ll see similar behaviour…

  • Turbophoenix

    I am by no means a Vettel fan, and yes, I am a bit sick of seeing him dominate (doesn’t necessarily make the races more boring, contrary to popular belief), but would I ever boo him? Hell no I wouldn’t. The man is a great driver, and everybody should be able to see that. Regardless of if you like him or not, booing him is low. He’s earned his wins. Sportsmanship goes for the fans too. It’s a testament to Seb that he doesn’t let it get to him (at least publicly)

  • MIE

    I don’t like people booing the drivers. I can understand it in Italy, where the Nation are fans of Ferrari and not F1 (just look what happens when the red cars fail to finish, the crowd leaves before the end of the race). In other countries this behaviour is less understandable to me. I experienced it once before, in ’92 when the British GP crowd included a lot af new ‘fans’ attracted by Mansell’s domination that season. Thankfully the more xenophobic ones followed him to CART at the end of the season.
    Perhaps the ones booing are those that have been attracted to F1 by DRS and the ‘exitement’ of high degradation tyres?

  • ktmbilly

    pffft, F1 is a soap opera, fans are intitled to choose sides and have opinions about drivers. Its seems in footage after races etc that Vettel is a loner and other drivers seem to have trouble interacting with him. He seems to be a bit disingenuous, like his persona is a AI construct that says all the red bull approved buzz words. This is evidenced in his post race radio chat when he wins. The fake Whoo Hoo’s, corny stuff from early nineties action movies and motivational weight lifting lines just does not win me over and screams “fake!” This is why i think people boo him.

    • marileneriddle

      “Vettel is a loner and other drivers seem to have trouble interacting with him.”

      Are you kidding me? Or did you switch off the Tv immediately after the race?

      Sebastian is one of most popular guys on the grid (as stated by Nick Hulkenberg). Other than the well known fact that he is bff with Kimi, he is also friends with Rosberg, Schumacher, Kobayashi, Kovalainen and Massa. Just yesterday Gutierrez says booing is wrong because Sebastian is a great driver “and more than that, a great guy.” Hamilton and Button both praised him for being a “really nice person”.

      Maybe his personality doesn’t appeal to you, but it sure does appeal to more than half of the grid.

    • Christian

      “Its seems in footage after races etc that Vettel is a loner and other drivers seem to have trouble interacting with him.”

      Hehe, that may be because oftentimes, he’s standing there with Alonso and/or Webber before they go to the podium. With all of the other regular podium candidates, he seems to get along just fine.

  • Andreas

    Personally, I don’t get the comments that the Singapore race was processional – there were fights and scraps up and down the field, brave overtaking (proper overtaking, not DRS blast-bys) moves going into tight corners as well as outside-inside moves coming out of corners. There were even some good defending going on. All in all, it was a proper race, like it should be.

    The booing is quite distasteful to me, and a bit surprising, since I can’t really see why. But people do what they want, and Sebastian doesn’t seem to care (too much).

    • Nailed it! ^^^

      There were some great battles going on throughout the field, and a masterful demonstration of driving prowess at the front. The booing, meh. There’s always booing in sports. Fans are rarely good sportsmen, they’re fans (the word stemming from FANATIC). The booing of Vettel and RedBull are a product of their domination. If it were me, I’d bask in the jeers.

  • danfgough

    How dare the Red Bull team and Vettel get success by showing excellence in what they do!?
    How dare a multiple trophy winning sportsman show self interest and a ruthless streak!?
    How dare the fastest driver and car combination get to the front over a full Grand Prix weekend!?

    Boo, Boo, BOO I say!!!

    If they are gonna boo then they should be booing all the other teams and drivers for not putting up a fight!!! Vettel and Red Bull are doing everything right and making the teams with all the history, pedigree, ‘Ying Yang’ technology centres and manufacturer backing look just plain stupid!

  • danfgough

    Oh, and by the way, what does ‘Meme’ mean?

  • Meine


  • nofahz

    NC don’t let all this get you down, the Chiefs are 3-0 & Todd Haley is the Steelers problem now.

  • UAN

    I think the problem with the booing is when and how it’s being done. Watching the interview up on the podium, they booed Vettel when Brundle was interviewing him, and it was so loud it made it difficult to actually hear what he was saying (this on the world feed where they can isolate the sound from the podium – so in person it must be really bad).

    The booing’s being done outside of the appropriate time for booing or cheering. It’s also not just rude towards Vettel, but it’s rude to the other drivers, and it’s rude to other people in the crowd etc., which makes it selfish and not just a legitimate expression of some people’s opinions.

    • Brian

      I did like that there seemed to be a contingent set on drowning out the boos with cheers.

  • charlie w

    I don’t get the booing of Vettel. Could they be upset he won the Singapore GP by more than 20 seconds over 2nd place? Possibly but like others said, they were some good fights on track. And I think that’s where the discourse comes-track fans may want to close, wheel to wheel fight for the lead, lap after lap. The sport has rapidly degrading tires, KERS and drag reduction system to encourage passing and close racing and we see Vettel simply run away from the grid by the 4th lap. I don’t blame Vettel or the Red Bull team for spanking the other 10 teams. They are simply the best and like in other sports, the best team may not be the most popular team.

  • Mn8

    Just for telling me what to do and calling me “not a real fan” I am going to boo even louder at next years Australian GP. I will be thinking of you the whole time and enjoying how upset it makes you.

    • Christian

      Have fun and hope that you’ll never get into the situation that you achieve something great and aren’t shown any respect.

      • Mn8

        lol please. He doesn’t race for me and he doesn’t care what I think. He is a 4 time champion regardless whether I boo him or not and i’m sure he sleeps fine at night. If he was worried about respect from other individuals he would worry about how Mark views him.

        The truth of the matter is you are upset because people aren’t behaving how you feel they should, so you get on your soap box and kick up a stink.

    • Well there you go mate. I’m not losing sleep over it so if I was a tad ham-fisted in my Op Ed, my apologies. I always think about what I would say to the driver if he and I were in a room together. I’d congratulate him and be respectful of his talent and achievements…even if I didn’t like the way he approached his craft. I was not a huge Senna fan for that very reason but I would never boo him. His talent and achievements were immense and deserve my respect. I think this is more about the current state of the connected consumer and fan and what expectations they have of a sport. It’s also a tad bit of the bravery of being out of range. Social media and the internet as a whole has really beat decorum and civility about the head and neck lately. To each his own, you feel entitled, enabled and justified booing, have at it but I feel it really says more about the fan than it does about the driver being booed. Just my opinion. :)

      • Mn8

        Cheering is expression just like booing, maybe we should ban cheering as well. It might give drivers inflated egos and let them think to much of them self. How ridiculous, you don’t just to get pick all the good bits of life. These days everyone is all for “Free Speech” & “Freedom” until someone does something they don’t like, then they want to censor and label them.

        The real question is, who has the problem? The person expressing their feelings on a subject in a non violent way or the person telling others how to act and feel. I guess we Australians don’t suffer from being two faced, I wouldn’t talk to Vettel if I was in a room with him. For me winning isn’t everything, the journey is just as important as the destination. I don’t fall into idolatry just because someone can kick a football well or driver a car fast, it doesn’t save lives so it doesn’t deserve special treatment. It is entertainment and nothing more.

        I’ll make this clear , so I can’t be accused of being jaded due to Marks situation. I don’t think Mark is in the same realm as Vettel when it comes to driver skill and I disliked Vettel long before Malaysia.

        • It’s not politics mate, it’s a race and you certainly do have the right to cheer or boo. No one is suggesting censorship or some Orwellian control. I’m stating that I think it’s in poor taste as a matter of principle, nothing more. I think a fan has the right to do it, I’m just questioning if they really should but it’s your choice obviously. You won’t catch me booing the driver I dislike the most out of respect but that’s just me. Like I say, being a fan in F1 isn’t an episode of an Arab Spring or repression of the masses that needs discordant revolution and loud opposition to ring in democracy. :)

        • Mn8

          “Social media and the internet as a whole has really beat decorum and civility about the head and neck lately.”
          Actually the internet hasn’t done anything to decorum and civility, it has actually allowed people to express what they really feel without being socially excluded from the conversation like they would in most real life situations, because the majority always silences the minority. The only reason you think it has degraded social interaction is because you are now seeing all the views you wouldn’t of seen or liked before due to social constructs.

          The internet is the purest form of “freedom of expression” because it is one of the few places people can’t censor you, but like all things in life now people are trying to exert control over it.
          This is the age of “total” communication better get use to it.

          • Brian

            There is a difference between expressing an opinion and how it is expressed. F1B’s point has always been that disagreement is welcome but must be presented in a civilized matter. This means no resorting to attacks of logical fallacy, including but not limited to ad hominem or emotional appeals. In this regard, the internet has done something to decorum and civility by allowing disagreements to resort to these logical fallacies. What is the burden of proof on an anonymous message board? Whatever it is, it is far lower than that in an academic journal, a publication or even a face to face disgreement with some chap on the street.

            As for your current disagreement, both you and NC are doing exactly what you are supposed in the age of total communication. You are using your space on the internet to present your conflicting points of view. Maybe NC’s opinion will sway more people than your views. If thats the case, then so be it. People will boo less. Maybe people will read your comments and want to stick it to NC and Vettel by booing even more at the next GP. Awesome. Congratulations. Either way, the democracy of total communication will have spoken.

  • AnklaX

    F1 fans are people too and people can have the tendency to go against a dominant force. The same happened in Ferraris era of domination. Its strange for Vettel for he has done nothing wrong but only what he’s supposed to do along with his team. I wonder how people would have reacted during the Schumacher era or Senna vs Prost years if this outdoors post race interview was in place. I think its time to get back to the safety of the good old indoors post race press conference before something really bad happens for the only other alternative I see is to school other people on good behavior.

    The same guys are taking the podiums but its still interesting to see how Alonso and Raikkonen are squeezing out good results. Red Bulls performance is out of reach and its Ferraris job to fight back. I’m a Ferrari supporter but I won’t boo Vettel for winning race after race simply because he’s out of reach now with that car in his control. I Cant wait to see Vettel vs Alonso in competitive cars next season. Fingers crossed.

    • Very good points. I was going to put that in my Ope Ed that F1 is trying to get fans closer to the drivers with the interviews but they’ll probably stop it now because ultimately they have a brand to protect. When the controversy stops being effective for press coverage, it will most likely stop.

  • Matt

    To a certain extent I like to see Vettel win by 30 seconds primarily because I like to see a small section of the internet freak out and declare that it was the worst race ever and that they are never watching F1 again yet. I don’t see what the motivation for the booing him is. From my experience fans tend to boo the organization if they continue to put a poor product on display. Or fans will boo specific athletes if they were perceived to slight the organization in some way. A few examples I can think of of hand are Alex Ovechkin gets booed here in Buffalo because he took a cheap shot at Danny Briere a few years ago. Vince Carter gets booed in Toronto because he forced his way out of town and stopped giving any sort of effort when he demanded to be traded. I know those are both team sports, but the only other more individual sport I follow is golf. I can’t really remember any golfer being booed to try and make a comparison.

    I don’t think Vettel has ever slighted another team or driver with the exception of maybe Webber to justify that fan base booing him. I can understand Austrians/Webber fans booing him for Malaysia. At this point I think that is over and done with, but I know fans hold grudges and I can see some former Webber fans booing Vettel in 2016 because of Malaysia. I can’t see what Ferrari or McLaren fans have against him other than he kicks their butt every other weekend. It is not like Vettel intentionally crashed out Alonso in Brazil last so he would win the championship. It is also not Vettel’s or Red Bull’s job to make the racing closer. How about Ferrari, McLaren or whoever makes a better car to compete with Vettel and Red Bull.

    The other groups of people in F1 I can understand being booed are Ferrari fan booing Ferrari engineers/management for building a car that is 0.5-1 second off the pace of Red Bull. I wasn’t watching F1 yet, but do McLaren fans have any residual hatred toward Alonso for 2007? I suppose there could be some justifiable booing there. The stewards probably could be booed for some of the decisions they make from time to time. Finally, the FIA could be booed for DRS, tires, or whatever else they come with next to make the show “better.”

    • Maybe it’s just the current culture of angry folks and fans needing a villain in order to enjoy a sport. It’s always good to have a team to cheer for and cheer against the other team and I guess this just amps that up and takes it to a new level of fandom. Who knows? It’s odd to me but I may be in the minority these days. guess I am getting old and stodgy.

  • Scholesy

    The true and honest answer here is that people don’t like him because he wins and crushes their favorite drivers. What do people want from Vettel? He has crushed the opposition, he has won in an inferior car, he has pulled off classic qualifying, he has won titles on the last day.

    There are no worse sportsmen on the grid then Hamilton and Alonso. They have plenty of fans. These are the same fans who complain that Vettel is too cold, or spoiled, or evil because Webber can’t compete with him. Alonso literally gave the finger to an opponent for having the gall to race him and not simply let him pass. This whole situation is embarrassing and I would love it if Vettel just kept on winning to spite everyone of these poor sports.

  • MaxCO2

    Too bad that shallow-minded “fans” feel that they have to expend energy rooting against someone rather than putting their effort into rooting FOR someone.
    People like that aren’t “fans” in my opinion and rate right along with the NASCAR rednecks that exhibit the same juvenile behavior.
    F1 rednecks? Far out, man.

  • gsprings

    I think vettel should be more tough skinned like his buddy kimi, who would just shrug off the boo’s and go treat himself with some ice cream

    • Christian

      So far he has been very relaxed about this issue, at least in public.

  • cconf1

    The Red Bull distributor came into my store today — I boo’d him …

  • James

    I think it has little to do with character but the relationship to success and talent.

    In all sports there are dominant players. In Formula One; Schumacher, Senna, Prost. In motogp we have Rossi, in WRC we have/had Loeb. They won so much, set records and were invariably fan favourites.

    So the dislike of Vettel is very little to do with his success per say but the fact it has come so easily and in such a volume that he is matching THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DRIVER IN MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, yet probably is not the best driver on the grid at this moment.

    Whether you think Vettel is great, decent, mediocre or poor, there is no question that Alonso is the better racer, Hamilton is the fastest driver (but fairly inconsistent).

    At least when Schumacher won we knew the best guy won. Vettel is a worthy race winner, he is a worthy world champion, but he is not worthy of Schumacher’s records. I feel only Alonso has the talent that deserves it.

    At the end of the day, Vettel could do as he pleased and be as ruthless as he could (like Schumacher) but only if he was above and beyond everyone else on the grid. But he just isn’t.

    I do dislike the booing however. I think it’s not in the taste of Formula One but fans pay a lot of money to watch these races and it’s not fair to see ‘plastic’ racing, ridiculous penalties and a watered down version of what the sport was.

    I don’t think most of the booing is towards Vettel, but to the FIA.

    • Good points James. I certainly am not saying people don’t have a right to boo but it’s rude, in my opinion. I understand fan frustration but it’s not Red Bull’s fault or Seb’s that they are dominating. I also would argue the point that Seb is not, potentially, one of the greatest drivers but time will tell and those who feel the “best car” theory devalues his “greatness” will never agree. That’s what makes F1 full of opinions. :)

      To each their own but this fan won’t be booing successful teams, domination of the sport or a driver who wins a lot. That’s part of F1 to me.

    • Christian

      I understand your view and you’re probably spot on when it comes to the reasons why many fans feel the way they do. To some extent, I also agree that his records come too easy.

      I disagree, however (but that is a very subjective opinion, let me make that clear), concerning your judgement that Alonso and Hamilton are better than Vettel or that Alonso is more worthy of records than Vettel. The way Vettel has outclassed Webber seems pretty similar to the way Alonso outclassed Massa. And I would also argue that the wc-decisions in 2010 and 2012 not only came down to Red Bull’s superiority but also to lacking performances on Alonso’s side. Last year, his performance went downhill compared to Massa in the last third of the season when it really counted and in 2010, well, he just didn’t manage to pass Petrov over a long, long period of time. I may be overcritical, but I believe that if Alonso was really the all-time great some make him out to be, things would have been different in these years. Ultimately, it’s impossible for us to tell, just my feeling that Alonso often doesn’t seem to get out the most of himself when he’s under serious pressure (I guess you could also cite the 07 season as evidence of this). But again, I understand if people see things differently and I certainly won’t deny that he has shown many many great races in the last years.

      • You certainly won’t hear me suggest that Seb is not brilliant. I think he is and I am not one who subscribes to the “it’s the car” theory or the “he only wins from pole” theory. I think he is the real deal and many F1 pundits I’ve spoken with also believe that…including folks in the paddock who know such things. That’s the good thing, Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton, Raikkonen…we have some serious talent on the grid these days. :)

        • MIE

          Having such a depth of talent on the current grid (five World Champions this season, six last) makes Vettel’s championships more worthy than Schumacher’s, not less. He has had to work harder for his three (four) championships than Schumacher did for his last five.

          Also the cars are far closer in performance than they were a decade ago, so while the Red Bull may currently be the best out there, Vettel doesn’t have the car advantage that some other World Champions have had in the past. That he still manages to dominate the races in such commanding fasion surely is indicative of his talent?

  • AJ

    I heard you discuss this on the latest podcast but think trying to analyse why some people dislike Vettel is missing the point (is it because of Malaysia? etc).
    You can’t analysis it like that action by action, its a persons’ whole demeanor, and all the little things in how they carry and present themselves, and treat others that shape the way others react to them. I cant explain it all in terms of individual events either, but while I respect Vettel’s driving talent that has really matured this year, I don’t have a high opinion of him as an individual or as a sportsman. I can definitely see why people have a negative reaction to him.
    To be honest I actually switch off (literally) the post race press conference when he is involved these days.
    Of course I’ve never met the boy and I’d probably have a big head if I was in his shoes too, but I do like to think I would carry myself with quite differently.

    In spite of my statement above that you can’t isolate a persons whole personality down to a few specific actions, his radio call back to the team earlier this year which was along the lines of ‘Mark is too slow, get him out of the way’ says a lot. Someone with this attitude reaps what they sow in my personal opinion.

    Interesting to hear Newey speak in an interview about multi21 in Malaysia, in particular how it was not a one-off but one of a pattern of like events by Sebastian going back a few years.