F1: Lewis Hamilton responds to ‘awkward’ boos from Mexican fans as he beats local favorite Sergio Perez


ewis Hamilton was surprised by boos from home fans as he finished second in the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen returned home to claim his 14th win of the year, an F1 record, while local favorite Sergio Perez came third.

Hamilton, who had also qualified a place ahead of Perez’s Red Bull before the two overtook George Russell on the opening lap, admitted uncertainty over the crowd’s reaction as boos were heard during the ceremony from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez podium.

“It’s been an amazing crowd, definitely a bit awkward this time around with boos all day,” he said.

“But, nevertheless, I have so much love for Mexico and for the people here.

“What a great race and what an event they put on this weekend.

“I was so close in that first stint but I think Red Bull were clearly too fast today and in the end they had maybe the best tire strategy.”

F1 has seen an increase in fans booing rivals of their local favorite in recent years, with similar incidents at Silverstone and Zandvoort quickly condemned by all drivers involved.

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