Lewis Hamilton is not unanimous in Hungary.
Saturday afternoon, on the occasion of the qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the British driver was loudly whistled by the audience.
An attitude that contrasts with the applause reserved for the leader of the Formula 1 World Cup standings, the Dutchman Max Verstappen.
"It feeds me and I don't care"
The whistles against the reigning world champion sounded twice on Saturday afternoon.
First, when Hamilton got out of his Mercedes after setting the fastest time for Sunday's race.
Then, those whistles from the audience became even more noticeable during the post-race interview at the official Formula 1 microphone.
Lewis Hamilton: "It's been an incredible qualifying session, it's a team effort [...]. Well done to the whole team."
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After being delighted with his race by saluting teamwork, the Briton took the opportunity to address the public hostile to him: “In fact, I have never felt so good about the whistles.
On the contrary, it nourishes me and I don't care.
Hamilton's tactic targeted?
There are a few reasons that may explain this attitude of the Hungarian public, which is largely committed to the cause of Lewis Hamilton's great rival. A significant part of it was made up of the Dutch and fans of the Red Bull team to which Max Verstappen belongs. The course of the race could also have a role as the British driver made sure to disrupt his Dutch counterpart in the preparation of his last qualifying lap. A strategy that made a collateral victim in the person of Sergio Perez. The Mexican did not cross the timing line on time to start a final lap.
This episode comes two weeks after the British Grand Prix won by Hamilton at the end of a race marked by his collision with Verstappen in the first lap. The Red Bull team had failed to secure a stronger sanction than the ten-second penalty imposed on the Mercedes driver. The atmosphere of the Hungarian Grand Prix promises to be electric on Sunday, both on the track and in the stands.