Booing not a problem as long as I win, says Vettel

Booing not a problem as long as I win, says Vettel

The abuse has followed him around from one grand prix to the next, spanning months and crossing continents.

But triple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel is not about to start feeling bitter.

"Of course, I'd prefer to not be booed," the 26-year-old German said in an e-mail interview with The Straits Times, ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

"But you learn from experience that you cannot please everybody," he said, adding that he can sign 100 autographs but the 101st person will be angry if he turns around and leaves.

While the Red Bull ace remains one of the more recognisable and popular drivers in the paddock, he has in recent months made headlines for being booed after winning races in dominant fashion.

The jeering began at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in June and has become a feature of almost every race since - including last time out at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 22.

"It's disgraceful," F1 legend Stirling Moss told The Daily Telegraph earlier this week. "Why do they do it? Because he keeps winning? He can't help that."

Or maybe he could have. The heckles are believed to have been triggered by events in Sepang, when Vettel ignored team orders to power down and instead overtook team-mate Mark Webber to win the Malaysian GP.

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