Formula One: Red Bull boss lashes out at Vettel boo-boys, calls them 'unsporting'
SINGAPORE (AFP) - Red Bull boss Christian Horner lashed out at the fans who continue to boo Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel and suggested they were hurting the young German's feelings.
Horner said it was "unfair" to boo the 26-year-old German, who has suffered repeated ill-treatment this year and was again subjected to loud chants and heckles after winning Sunday's SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.
"There is a small collective group and it is like a pantomime, but it is so unfair because it is unsporting," said Horner, according to Autosport.com. "When you have a guy who is becoming almost a serial winner, people want to see who is going to beat him. Sebastian has got a broad set of shoulders but like anyone he has feelings and I don't think it is right."
Booing erupted after Vettel's wins in Belgium and Italy. The opprobrium has been put down to plain boredom from fans, as the German has won more than half the races this season and already has one hand on the championship trophy. There is also residual anger after Vettel controversially ignored team orders and passed teammate Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix in March.