Conspiracy theory spreads about Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton boos

Max Verstappen was booed by Italian fans throughout the 2023 Italian Grand Prix and during the post-race ceremony.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen was victorious once again on Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix to break the record for most consecutive wins; however, he wasn’t exactly given a heroic reception by the fans in attendance.

Being the home of Ferrari, the majority of the thousands of fans in attendance were supporting the Maranello-based team, who claimed third and fourth at Monza.

Carlos Sainz led the opening stages but ultimately couldn’t defend from Verstappen for any longer, before Sergio Perez found his way past the Spaniard in the latter stages of the Grand Prix.

Once past Sainz – who beat Verstappen to pole – the two-time World Champion cruised to his 10th win in a row and his 12th of the season, putting him ever closer to another title.

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However, when he got out of the car, the Dutchman was reportedly booed by the Italian fans, who clearly wanted one of their drivers to claim victory.

Verstappen was on the receiving end of boos and jeers all weekend, especially whilst giving his post-qualifying interview.

On Saturday, Sainz actually told the Tifosi to stop booing the Dutchman, although the message clearly didn’t get across.

However, the F1 TV directors have been accused of mute the audio when the championship leader was being booed, something a fan believes they don’t do for Lewis Hamilton.

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The Hamilton fan stated on social media that when it’s the seven-time World Champion being booed and jeered, that they turn the sound “to the maximum”.

“Funny how they mute the audio when it’s Verstappen getting booed, but when it’s Hamilton getting booed they have the audio turned up to the maximum,” wrote @LH44Joseph on Twitter.

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Hamilton has previously been booed in Austria and the Netherlands, two venues where the supporters are very much there to see Verstappen.

On the flip side, Verstappen has received a hostile reception in America, the United Kingdom and several other venues where Hamilton has a larger fan base.

The poor reception in Monza seemingly didn’t bother the Red Bull driver in the slightest, as he revelled in his record-breaking achievement.