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Jacques Villeneuve: Fan reaction to Lewis Hamilton crash ’embarrassing’

Lewis Hamilton puts the steering wheel back on his crashed W13. Austria July 2022

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Jacques Villeneuve is baffled as to why so called F1 fans would cheer when a driver crashes as some did for Lewis Hamilton’s accident at the Red Bull Ring.

Vying for a top spot on the sprint race grid, Hamilton lost the rear end of his W13 through Turn Seven during Friday’s qualifying.

The Mercedes driver hit the barrier side-on, such was the impact that he had to swap to Mercedes’ spare chassis as the side impact crash structure had been damaged.

While Hamilton climbed from his car, the medical doctor on hand to ensure he was okay, some of the crowd cheered.

Villeneuve cannot fathom why they feel that’s okay to do.

Writing in his latest column, the 1997 World Champion said: “Let me start with the most embarrassing thing: the screaming fans when Lewis Hamilton crashed. No one knows how he is and yet they are clapping.


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