Vettel untroubled by rivals or boo boys

Sebastian Vettel soaked up the boos on another champagne day when he took a giant step towards winning his fourth consecutive Formula One world title.

Vettel untroubled by rivals or boo boys

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner described Vettel’s drive en route to taking the chequered flag at the Italian Grand Prix for the third time as “flawless”.

That was with a small exception of a lock up into the first chicane on the opening lap when he flat-spotted his front-right tyre, sparking brief consternation on the pit wall.

Aside from what was a rare error, Vettel coasted to another easy win, as was the case a fortnight ago in Belgium, for his sixth victory in 12 races this season and 32nd overall of his career.

It was no surprise, therefore, when he stepped on to the podium and ahead of being interviewed by the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels, John Surtees, the Ferrari fans rounded on Vettel.

It is the third time this season — Canada and Britain were the other two events — where Vettel has been jeered, suggesting his popularity is waning, the hallmark of a repetitive winner.

Taking it all in his stride, the 26-year-old German said: “You can hear the difference when you don’t win in a red [race] suit.

“You get a lot of that, but it’s very nice because it means you’ve done a very good job and beaten the red guys, so we are very proud of that.”

As for Vettel’s rivals, Fernando Alonso provided Ferrari fans with some cheer as he finished second, but has fallen 53 points adrift in the title race.

On disappointing in qualifying, neither both Kimi Raikkonen nor Lewis Hamilton could improve their situation in the race.

Hamilton collected a slow puncture at the first corner and finished ninth, while Raikkonen’s chances ended when he ran into the back of McLaren’s Sergio Perez, eventually finishing 11th.

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