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WRITE TO US Motorsport News Haymarket Consumer Media, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SP The crowd’s reaction at Silverstone left something to be desired
As so many of the drivers have said in the past, one of the most pleasing aspects of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is the huge and highly knowledgable fans that throng to the circuit to watch this country’s most high profile race.
But I had the feeling that certain elements let the event down (again) on Sunday afternoon. No driver who has just put his neck on the line in search of sporting glory deserves to get booed at the end – particularly when they have done nothing to cause this but finish on the podium. It happened to Lewis Hamiltion in Austria after a controversial crash with team-mate Nico Rosberg but sadly, it happened the other way around in Silverstone when Rosberg was on the receiving end.
The German had done nothing wrong all weekend. Indeed, he had been at the heart of the fight for first place and made the race what it was. That he was jeered on the rostrum (no matter how much interviewer Mark Webber tried to deflect the cacophony) left a bitter taste at the end the event. It is hardly a British way to react and hardly sporting reaction.
It was a shame, given Hamilton’s superb weekend. Matt James, Editor