Lewis Hamilton received a hostile reception after clinching pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix – and Formula One's interviewer had to beg fans not to boo the seven-time world champion.
The British star took top spot ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who handed Mercedes a front-row lockout in Saturday's qualifying for the Budapest showdown.
Hamilton lapped the sweltering Hungaroring in one minute, 15.419 seconds, 0.315 seconds quicker than Bottas.
Crucially, he was 0.421 seconds quicker than title rival Max Verstappen, who is leading the title standings but could only manage to put his Red Bull third on the grid for Sunday's race.
Moments after putting his Mercedes on the front of the grid, Hamilton conducted his routine qualifying interview.
But the F1 superstar was met with deafening boos from fans in attendance at the track.
Indeed, it appeared to overshadow the post-session chat and the interview eventually pleaded with the fans to stop.
He pleaded: "Whoa, whoa, whoa people, enough of that. Enough of that."
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But Hamilton shrugged them off and said: "I've never actually felt so great with the booing. If anything, it just fuels me. I don't really mind it."
The British was in high spirits after delivering an emphatic performance to secure pole for the Hungarian GP.
"I think its been amazing teamwork from everyone this weekend," said Hamilton, after chalking up his 101st career pole and first in six races.
"It's been amazing to see everyone coming together, rallying up and pushing forward," the Briton, gunning for a landmark 100th win and record ninth at the circuit on Sunday, added.
Verstappen, who leads Hamilton by eight points in the overall standings, was disappointed to miss out on a fifth successive pole.
"Clearly, the whole weekend so far we've been a bit behind and it showed again in qualifying," said the 23-year-old, whose rivalry with Hamilton stepped up a gear after a collision with the Mercedes driver put him out of the last race in Britain.
"Nevertheless we're still there and we'll see what we can do," said the Dutchman.
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