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Max Verstappen

Verstappen keen to avoid 'football fans' taking over in F1

With recent incidences of booing amongst certain members of the crowd at F1 race weekends, Max Verstappen has called on fans to be respectful regardless of who wins.

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Max Verstappen has compared the behaviour of some F1 fans to that of certain football crowds following recent incidences of booing.

Verstappen was on the receiving end of boos at the British Grand Prix. One week later in Austria, it was Lewis Hamilton who was subject to similar treatment from some fans, with cheers heard as the Briton crashed out of Friday's qualifying session.

In light of this, Verstappen has drawn comparisons between this and how some football fans behave.

"First of all: In every country, the fans in the grandstand decide the atmosphere," Verstappen told German publication F1-Insider.

"Those are the fans we consciously perceive, very loudly. I think on other parts of the track there is always a healthy mix between the individual fan groups.

"Basically, I think it's a shame that the fans actually react like football fans."

Verstappen calls for more respect from fans

Verstappen is disappointed by this sort of attitude amongst some fans.

"They always boo at the opponent. In Holland they boo Lewis, in England me," he explained.

"I think it's a pity because we often fight extremely tough, high-quality fights. You have to respect your opponent."

The Red Bull driver enjoys watching a football match himself, regardless of whether his favourite team wins or not, and hopes that F1 spectators can take this approach.

"I am a PSV fan. But when I watch a great football match, I enjoy it, whether my team wins or loses," Verstappen continued.

"It would be nice if fan behaviour in our sport was the same. And that, despite all the rivalry, opponents are also treated with respect."

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