Stirling Moss condemns booing of Vettel

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2013, 19:28 PM IST

British Grand Prix great Stirling Moss has condemned the booing of reigning Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel that has accompanied the German`s victories.

Three-times world champion Vettel is on course for a fourth F1 title but the frequency of his victories has become boring for some Grand Prix fans.

But the 84-year-old Moss, widely regarded as the greatest driver never to win the world title, said Vettel was a racer of the highest-class who deserved far more respect.

"It`s disgraceful," Moss told Thursday`s Daily Telegraph.

"Why do they do it? Because he keeps winning? He can`t help that. He is a nice bloke. Sebastian Vettel is a jolly nice bloke," Moss added.

Moss said the 26-year-old German`s dominance -- Vettel is currently 60 points clear at the top of the drivers` championship standings -- was similar to that achieved by Argentina`s Juan Manuel Fangio, the man who denied the Briton the world title on several occasions.

"For a man to be that much ahead every time, every race, whatever the circuit, whatever the conditions," Moss said. "Vettel is just in a class of his own, really. As was Fangio. As was (Ayrton) Senna."

Moss also said he had no problem with Vettel`s decision to disregard Red Bull`s team orders in Malaysia this year and overtake Australia`s Mark Webber to claim a controversial victory.

"Well, he`s a racer what?s wrong with that?" Moss said. "You`re either a racer or you?re a driver and there`s a big bloody difference. Drivers are easy to find and racers aren`t."

AFP