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Hamilton brushes off fan boos, says it ‘fuels’ him

Lewis Hamilton said the boos he received after claiming pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix inspire him to do even better.

The build-up to qualifying this weekend has been dominated by the fall-out from Hamilton’s collision with title rival Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen and Red Bull are still upset at the collision, the 10-second penalty Hamilton received and the exuberant celebrations of the seven-time world champion and the Mercedes team after he won the race.

The war of words has continued over the past few days, while a Red Bull appeal over the severity of Hamilton’s penalty was rejected on Thursday.

Hamilton claimed pole at Budapest, with Verstappen qualifying in third position, but was booed by the large contingent of Dutch fans sitting in the grandstand opposite the pit-lane, where the media interviews took place after the session.

“I’ve never actually felt so great with the booing,” Hamilton said.

“If anything, it just fuels me. I don’t really mind it.”

Hamilton’s teammate, Bottas, said any fans who boo a driver should question why they are following Formula One.

“We are here as athletes to give everything we have for the sport we love and Lewis did an amazing lap and then you get booing so the people should question themselves,” Bottas said.

“It is not right, it is not fair and we don’t want to see these kind of things.”

The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on ESPN at 8.55AM (ET) on Sep. 1.

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