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Hamilton - I can handle the boos
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he would happily pay to be booed again by the Ferrari fans at the end of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was soaked with champagne following his win at Monza last season - but only after being drowned by a chorus of jeers as he took to the top step of the podium.
The 'tifosi', the term used to describe the collective of passionate Ferrari supporters, made Hamilton fully aware of their displeasure at not seeing one of their own in his place.
Appreciably, the cheers were reserved for their hero Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard claimed third, with team-mate Felipe Massa fourth.
One year on, and after switching teams from McLaren to Mercedes, the 28-year-old will undoubtedly be in the hunt for the win again.
And he is calling on the Ferrari followers to do their worst should he again be looking down on them from the dais that juts out across the start-finish straight which is filled with a sea of people after a race.
"I would love to have that experience again this year - I'd pay to have that experience," said Hamilton, when asked about being booed.
"If I'm up there and I'm being booed that means I've won, so I definitely want that.
"I'm sure it will be the same again this year, although surprisingly I have a lot of support here, which I wouldn't have expected.
"Despite that, it's probably going to take a long time before all the Ferrari fans change their opinion of me."
Like Hamilton, former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button knows what it is like to be heckled by the Ferrari masses.
For three successive years, from 2010-2012, Button finished runner up, but never were the jeers more prominent than in the first of those when the 33-year-old sandwiched Alonso and Massa.
"The tifosi are not there to support us," said Button.
"But it's a great atmosphere and I really enjoy it. It's one of the races I have loved since I started in F1.
"The fans are really friendly when you arrive at the circuit, very positive, but they don't like seeing anyone who is not Ferrari on the podium.
"It's worse when there are two Ferrari drivers on the podium, as I discovered three years ago when I finished second to Alonso and Felipe was third.
"I don't mind it. Initially it was a bit of a surprise, but then they are so passionate about their racing.
"It's good to see that passion, and to be fair, you see it every weekend at a football match."
Sebastian Vettel has experienced the love and the disdain of the home crowd, with the former when he pulled off a shock win in 2008 when driving for Faenza-based Toro Rosso.
Three years later, however, that win was forgotten when he triumphed for Red Bull en route to the second of his three world titles.
"I have lots of memories of 2008, and it's always like going back to dreamland. It was unreal at the time," recalled Vettel.
"The car was not good enough to have any sort of expectations for a podium, so it's always special to come and walk the track initially and have the memories come flooding back.
"It was exceptional to win with Toro Rosso, an Italian team, with a Ferrari engine in the back.
"Being on the podium was one of the best moments I've had, with all the fans coming and cheering like crazy.
"There was an ocean of flags, and even though most of them were Ferrari, it was still very special.
"But then when I won here again in 2011, with Red Bull, it was a very different atmosphere.
"It made me appreciate 2008 much more. People weren't so happy, but I had Jenson alongside me on the podium and he said it was normal for anyone not wearing a red overall."