Lewis Hamilton: Seeing Nico Rosberg booed in Monza ‘awkward’
Lewis Hamilton insisted that he doesn't like to see Nico Rosberg booed after his Italian Grand Prix victory
Lewis Hamilton insisted that he doesn’t like to see Nico Rosberg booed after the Briton sealed an impressive victory at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton took the win after his Mercedes team-mate made an error and ran wide at the first chicane and allowed him to capitalise.
Rosberg, who was criticised for causing the collision which ended Hamilton’s Belgian Grand Prix last month, was jeered on the podium as he ended up second ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa.
But despite the heated rivalry that has been building between him and Rosberg this season, Hamilton would prefer not to see anyone booed.
“They end up booing someone more or less,” said Hamilton, who is now 22 points behind the German in the drivers’ standings.
“They’re generally such a passionate crowd here and most of them are Ferrari fans. I’ve had it here years ago.
“It was great personally for me to be here and have real great support from all the Ferrari fans and Mercedes fans that are here.
“When I was up there it felt a bit awkward when I heard them booing for Nico because I don’t like that in sport in general, even in football games.
“Away from the pitch and the race, everyone should be nice to everyone – that’s the feeling I have.”
Reflecting on his victory at Monza, Hamilton added: “I arrived with real positive attitude this weekend and I want to make sure I have the same approach for the rest of the next seven races.
“I came here thinking, ‘OK, you’ve lost the championship, you want to win every race from now on.’ That’s the sort of process you have to go through and it worked today.”