SINGAPORE, September 22nd, 2013 (F1Plus / Jacob Polychronis) - Sebastian Vettel has brushed aside the chorus of jeers which greeted him on the podium Sunday night in Singapore.
Vettel, who won his third race in a row at the Marina Bay Circuit, attributed the “booing” to passionate Ferrari fans; better known as Tifosi.
“They are (Tifosi) quite emotional when they are not winning. If somebody else is winning they don’t really like it.”
“It’s not nice, but if you go around the stands most of the fans are dressed in red. Ferrari has a very strong fan base for a reason, they have a lot of tradition in Formula One.”
The jeering forced Sky Sports F1 commentator, Martin Brundle, to pause interviewing the three-time world champion on the podium as he told the crowd it was “not correct.”
Nonetheless, Vettel considers the jeering to be confirmation of his on-going success.
“As long as they keep booing we are doing a very good job.”
A team effort
The race appeared leisurely for Vettel, however, the German insists that the result was a consequence of tireless efforts from the team.
“It was not easy to get everything right all weekend. I’m extremely happy though and I think the whole team can be proud. If we have results like today we have the luxury to control the race. It is because of the late hours and the commitment that goes in from the team.”
The result, albeit almost controlled start to finish, was under threat heading into turn one. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was faster than Vettel off the line, but could not complete an overtaking manoeuvre.
“I was a bit lazy to get off the line and Nico was side-by-side so I had to give him room. Fortunately he was braking quite deep into turn one and I was able to come back on the inside. Fortunately the next corner was a left-hander.”
Vettel takes a 60 point lead from Fernando Alonso to Korea in two weeks time.