Fans' respect must be earned
BOOING – part of sport, or not?
Is it disrespectful to jeer a team or sportsperson?
I'm talking, of course, about Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, who found himself being booed again in Singapore, despite putting on a show of dominance which made it seem like he was driving in a different motorsport division from everyone else. But he's a grown-up. I'm sure he can take it.
And how do you stop it, even if you want to?
Big signs saying no booing aren't really going to work, are they?
Why shouldn't fans express their feelings?
Vettel has had his share of controversy this year and in previous seasons which has not endeared him to a number of F1 fans.
His ignoring team orders in Malaysia and overtaking Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull a case in point.
Other people might be booing the dominance of one man, rather than Vettel himself.
No F1 fan wants to see a boring race and Singapore was far from boring, but when the action is not for the win, it does take some of the edge off it.
There is also the feeling that it is the car and not Vettel himself that is winning races.
It is of course ridiculous to try to remove Vettel from the equation. He has proved his race craft on a number of occasions — Brazil last season being one of them when he fought back from last place to still win the World Championship.
But the car certainly hasn't been a hindrance, and in his hands, it has regularly been unbeatable.
Some perhaps feel that he's been lucky to be in the right car at the right time at the start of his career.
Had Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso been in a Red Bull right now — everyone would have said they'd earned that privilege and maybe that's the difference — people don't think Vettel's earned it.
I'm sure Vettel would love to be cheered at every circuit — but he has to earn that too.
He might never — or he might stop winning.
Either way, its the fans who will probably have the last word.