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It’s highly likely that the fans at the Italian Grand Prix will jeer at least one driver who makes it on the podium on Sunday.
Ferrari fans, referred to as the tifosi, attend the race at Monza to support the legendary Italian team and are very rarely appreciative of the efforts of drivers who do not wear the scarlet overalls.
Last year’s race winner Lewis Hamilton, then driving for McLaren, was greeted on the podium with boos from the crowds assembled at the track but the British driver is unfazed with a possibility of a repeat this weekend.
"I would love to have that experience again this year - I'd pay to have that experience," the Mercedes driver was quoted saying by Reuters. "If I'm up there and I'm being booed that means I've won, so I definitely want that.
"It's probably going to take a long time before all the Ferrari fans change their opinion of me," he added.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has already been at the receiving end from fans this season. When the Red Bull driver retired from the lead of the British GP, fans cheered his exit.
“I didn't understand it,” the German told the Daily Mail. “I had not done anything to make them do it.
“I went up on to the stage later for the post-race concert and got booed again. I took my camera out and said, ‘If you are going to boo me at least do it properly.’ I tried to make a laugh out of it.
“But you don't like it when people boo. Obviously in the British Grand Prix if I am leading and they want a British driver to win they might not like it, which is fair, but booing, I don't think that is fair.
“If one starts booing, others join in. I don't think they were all wanting to boo per se; it was a chain reaction, so you shouldn't get too upset by that,” he said.