Max Verstappen fans mock a “disappointed” Hamilton after crashing. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton suffer a bitter blow in qualifying in Austria. The four-time Formula 1 world champion finishes last in his Aston Martin, while Hamilton crashes. The fans react in what might be considered unsporting manner.
The Aston Martin driver was eliminated last in qualifying in Austria and will thus only start from 19th position, as Valtteri Bottas will start from the very back due to a penalty. The four-time world champion himself ruined a better position. With the clock running down, he finished in 17th place, but his lap was disallowed by the stewards. This was because he had violated the track limits in turn 1. So now he has to make up a lot of places if he wants to score points in Spielberg.
“If we are honest, we are simply too slow,” Vettel told Sky after qualifying, the German seemingly following on from last weekend in Silverstone where qualifying had not gone well either.
A little later, Hamilton had to bury his dreams of an unlikely pole position, which perhaps didn’t seem completely impossible in view of the improved Mercedes had lap times been deleted of those at the sharp end. In Q3, he made a mistake and crashed into the tyres, causing the session to be interrupted. His hard impact was jeered by the many Dutch fans nearby.
This mocking appears to be an ongoing ‘tit for tat’ between opposing fans of Hamilton and Verstappen, with Lewis fans booing Verstappen at Silverstone last weekend during his post-qualifying interview after snagging P2 from the grandstand opposite of the start-finish straight at Silverstone Circuit on Saturday.
“If they want to boo, they do that. For me, it’s not going to change anything. I’m happy to always be here. It’s a great track, great atmosphere in general. Maybe some of them don’t like me, but that’s fine. They all have their own opinions. I don’t care”, said Max Verstappen at the time.
As for Hamilton, the British driver did admit that he was “incredibly disappointed in myself”,
“I’m so sorry for the team. Everyone works so hard to put the car together. I never like bringing back a damaged car. We were in contention for 3rd place″, said Hamilton after his tenth place.
After the session resumed, Hamilton’s teammate George Russell also flew off the track shortly afterwards – which meant that qualifying ended prematurely for him as well. He still ended up in fifth place.
However, as he crossed the track on foot, which was forbidden, the British driver is facing further punishment.