An emotional Sebastian Vettel yesterday admitted it was tough to deal with being booed this season, but said he found the perfect riposte by winning the world championship again.
Vettel (26), who won the Indian GP to seal his fourth successive world title, said booing and jeering which greeted his wins in Belgium, Italy and Singapore, as he took control of the season, had come as a shock.
But he was glad to answer his critics with his performances on the track. “To be booed when I had not done anything wrong was hard, but I think I answered the things on the track which I am very pleased about,” he said.
“I don’t blame the people who booed me. It does not feel great. In fact one guy wrote a letter and apologised that he was booing. He felt bad about it. We are all part of the sport. If some people have passion for Ferrari for some reason, it’s all right.
It is not necessarily my fault. I am mature enough to understand that.” The booing, which Vettel has blamed on a small section of disgruntled Ferrari fans, has been an unfortunate feature of the season.
The young German however was anything but staid in his celebrations at the Buddh International Circuit, where he span doughnuts in his Red Bull before bowing in front of the car in mock worship. He said: “I am speechless. I’m overwhelmed. It is the best day of my life so far.”
Sebastian Vettel's doughtnuts cost euros 25,000
Red Bull were fined 25,000 euros over Sebastian Vettel’s rubber-burning ‘doughnuts’ after sealing the world title in India. Vettel defied officials and span round and round in his car in front of the grandstand. He then got atop his car and saluted the crowd before bowing in front of his car in mock worship. Race stewards summoned Vettel and a team official later and issued the ‘lenient’ punishment.