Sebastian Vettel said being booed on the Italian Grand Prix podium was just a sign that Red Bull had done a good job by beating the Ferraris at Monza.
The Ferrari-favoring crowd gave Vettel a tough reception when he mounted the podium having taken a second Italian GP victory in three years. But Vettel laughed off the jeers and said he had told his Red Bull team that they should be proud to prompt tifosi ire.
“You can hear the difference when you don’t win here in a red suit,” said Vettel. “In the end, it is very nice as it means you did good and beat the red guys. We are proud of that.
“Fortunately I had an experience in 2008 which blew me away completely, we won here in an Italian team with Ferrari engines [at Toro Rosso] so the atmosphere was fantastic. In 2011 it was a surprise [to be jeered], and this year was expected.
“I said on the in-lap, the more booing we get, the better job we have done. I don’t blame them they love Ferrari, and it is something very special.”
Monza had traditionally been one of Red Bull’s weaker circuits, and the team had been pessimistic prior to this weekend. Vettel said technical director Adrian Newey had been particularly cautious.
“He was as surprised as us,” said the champion. “He thought it would be like damage limitation this weekend, so I said, ‘If damage limitation is like that, I want a lot more damage this season…'”