Max Verstappen insists fans only boo him ‘because he’s a winner’, after being the only driver subjected to hostile crowd reaction at introduction ceremony and again after his brilliant Miami Grand Prix triumph

Max Verstappen has claimed he is targeted for booing only because he’s a winner. Rapper LL Cool J conducted the ceremonies, with Verstappen the only driver to receive a hostile reception. The reigning double world champion, who leads his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez at the top of the standings by 14 points, said: ‘If I was driving at the back nobody would be doing anything in terms of reaction, right?. So this is something which is absolutely fine for me as long as I stand on the top. He said: ‘I had enough preparation before to speak to my engineers. The Mercedes star said: ‘Formula One is trying new things and trying to improve the show.

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