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Max Verstappen

Verstappen responds to boos: It would be drama the other way round

Max Verstappen has responded the booing he received following qualifying for the British Grand Prix, after putting his car on the front row for Sunday's race.

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Max Verstappen has responded to the booing he received from the Silverstone crowd after he secured a place on the front row for the British Grand Prix.

The Dutch driver was jeered as he tried to complete post-session interviews, despite providing the fans with some late qualifying drama.

Verstappen says the boos will not put him off ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix as called upon Dutch fans to plead that they do not boo Lewis Hamilton during the upcoming Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

"It's pretty new that this is happening. It doesn't matter much to me," he told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

"The only pity about it was that I couldn't understand the interviewer very well. Other than that, I'm concentrating on what I have to do which is to go fast on the track."

Verstappen unhappy with British press

Verstappen then pointed the finger at the British press, who he says have made a "drama" about occasions in which Hamilton was booed in the past but have ignored the abuse the Dutch driver has received.

"I don't care if I get booed. It is what it is," he continued. "Lewis was not booed that bad in Zandvoort last year. In Zandvoort and Hungary it happened, and then it was a big drama.

"It's the same with the British press. If it had been the other way around, you'd get a hundred of questions about it. Now it's one question and they act like it's all very normal

"The difference is that it doesn't bother me, or at least I don't ask for adjustments to be made. If they don't like me, that's their problem.

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Verstappen then added that he hopes Dutch fans at his home race, in Zandvoort, do not boo Hamilton in the same manner.

"I hope that Zandvoort will not react this way," he continued.

"It does not bother me at all, so it is not necessary for me either. It does not necessarily give me extra strength.

"I hope on Sunday that I get 26 points, that's the most important thing for me, then we'll continue."

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