It is perhaps the most feted podium on the F1 calendar, but Briton Jenson Button doesn’t enjoy standing on it.
In McLaren’s official pre-race preview of the Italian grand prix, the British team said Monza’s famous “Tifosi” are “sure to give every team a lot of support” this weekend. Button, however, apparently didn’t read that script.
The Telegraph quotes him as saying Monza is “not one that I enjoy standing on the podium at”.
“The Tifosi are there to support Ferrari. They’re not there to support us,” he added.
Button finished second at Monza in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Told that the red sea of Tifosi screaming support for Ferrari from beneath the podium must be a sight to behold, Button answered: “Yeah, I don’t know.
“I don’t like people booing. I’m not used to football crowds. Winning in Spa was definitely amazing. I’ve won in Monaco, I’ve won in Suzuka, and now I’ve won in Spa.
“Those three stand out for me as being very special circuits. The only one missing is Silverstone, my home grand prix.”