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Sebastian Vettel’s win at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday was greeted by loud booing by the fans, who were assembled for the podium ceremony at the Monza circuit.
But it was a reaction that the German had expected and the jeers rolled off the Red Bull driver easily.
"You can hear the difference when you don't win here in a red suit," Vettel said. "In the end it is very nice as it means you did good and beat the red guys. We are proud of that.
"Fortunately I had an experience in 2008 which blew me away completely, we won here in an Italian team with Ferrari engines (with Toro Rosso) so the atmosphere was fantastic,” he recalled.
"In 2011 it was a surprise (to be booed), and this year was expected.
In contrast, second-placed Fernando Alonso got a massive reaction from the tifosi. They chanted “Alonso!” so vociferously that it nearly drowned out the national anthems that were playing and delayed the interviews by a bit as the drivers waited for the fans to settle down.
"I said on the in-lap, the more booing we get, the better job we have done,” he pointed out. "I don't blame them, they love Ferrari, and it is something very special."