Hamilton jeered after Formula 1 win in Monza
LEWIS Hamilton was jeered on the podium by local fans after his Italian GP victory as he moved three points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the title race.
Hamilton, who previously said he was out to spoil the Scuderia's 70th anniversary celebrations at their home race, was in sublime form as he led a Mercedes one-two and finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Vettel in third.
But while the ever-loud Monza faithful wildly cheered Vettel's podium entrance, Hamilton was met with a smattering of boos after his fourth Italian GP victory.
And those jeers got ever louder after Hamilton gave his right of reply: "Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power."
The Englishman said that he respected the passion of the Ferrari-mad crowd. "I love it here in Italy and I love the passion of the fans. They're fantastic," he told Sky commentator Martin Brundle.
"This energy is like no where else we really get to see, apart from maybe Silverstone. So I respect it, I appreciate it."
Previous championship leader Vettel, meanwhile, pounded his chest as he praised the home support, delivering a heartfelt message in Italian.
"You are the best fans in the world," Vettel said. "Even if this race has been hard, we're getting there. Forza Ferrari."
The four-time world champion then added to Sky F1. "The podium made up for everything this weekend."