2018-09-02 15:52:16 UTC
It is often said that the Italians are passionate about motor racing. I
think that the behaviour of the Tifosi actually has more to do with
nationalism than a love of the sport. I well remember the occasion when
Prost crashed his Ferrari on the warming-up lap and hordes of Italians
started leaving the circuit *before the race had even started*, which
doesn’t suggest any great interest in the actual racing.
On the other hand the fanatical enthusiasm of the crowd always makes Monza
one of the best and most vibrant events of the F1 year and I suppose that
what Lewis Hamilton describes as “negativity” (i.e. booing) is just the
downside of this.