Vettel hears boos after the cruise

Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:18pm EDT
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel laughed off the boos after turning the Singapore Grand Prix into a cruise on Sunday.

Red Bull's runaway Formula One leader sped ever closer to a fourth successive title with his seventh win of the season but, for the third race in a row, heard booing from the crowd as he stood on the podium.

In Belgium, fans voiced their displeasure as Greenpeace activists tried to hijack the podium ceremony. At Monza in Italy two weeks ago, the red-clad Ferrari 'tifosi' were upset that their man Fernando Alonso had not won.

"They seem to be on a tour," joked Vettel, who led from pole to chequered flag to stretch his lead over Alonso to 60 points, after boos again mixed with cheers under the Singapore floodlights during a podium interview.

In fairness, it might also have been to do with the German and his team making the championship so one-sided with another dominant display and third win in a row but he clearly did not see it that way.

"It's not nice but I think if you look around the grandstands, there are a lot of fans dressed in red as Ferrari have a strong tradition in the sport and have been more successful than any other team," he added.

"But I have started to notice more and more people dressed in blue (Red Bull colors) so we are doing a good job of it on that front.

"They are quite emotional when they are not winning and they don't like it as it costs a lot of money to follow the sport... in Monza or taking flights here to Singapore. As long as they keep on booing then we are doing a good job."   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves on the podium after the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez