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Toto Wolff

Wolff has clear message for F1 fans after Verstappen booing

Max Verstappen was booed by some members of the British Grand Prix crowd at Silverstone over the weekend.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has condemned the booing aimed at Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by some sections of the British Grand Prix crowd.

The Dutch racer was booed by some throughout the race weekend and saw a late qualifying spin and Sunday car troubles met with cheers.

Verstappen hit back at the booing on Saturday evening, telling select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com: "Lewis [Hamilton] was not booed that bad in Zandvoort last year. In Zandvoort and Hungary it happened, and then it was a big drama."

He also sent a message to his Dutch fans, asking them not to boo Hamilton at this season's Dutch Grand Prix.

Since then, Hamilton has pleaded with the British fans to stop their booing, adding: "I think we're better than that."

Wolff: None of the drivers deserve any booing

Wolff has joined Hamilton's calls, describing the booing of Verstappen as "unsportsmanlike" and telling the fans to "remain silent" when they see a driver they do not like.

"I don't think we should be seeing any booing in any sports," he has told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I think that's unsportsmanlike. It's clear that we love the support that the drivers have here, and the team, that's fantastic.

"But if you're not into the other guys, just remain silent. I think that that would be a good way.

"None of the drivers deserves any booing, whatever happened last year, whatever the competition is."

Wolff happy to see passion but wants no booing

He continued: "I think if you try to see the positives it is that people are very emotional about drivers and characters and we want to create emotions," he said.

"Everybody is emotionally engaged and I'd rather have them emotionally engaged: so that's on the upside. But having said that, the booing goes a step further.

"If you imagine yourself, and I think this was what we need to tell the people, standing out there giving an interview or being on the podium and being booed. It's abusive.

"If you're a fan of one of the drivers and not a fan of another then that's good. But there is a certain limit that we should understand."

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