Hamilton felt conflicted racing in India

Paola Ditto
Novembre 16, 2018

"We've got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow", he continued.

Lewis Hamilton, current Formula One Grand Prix World champion, in a recent statement questioned India's racing tradition.

He further went on to say that while connecting to cities where there are a lot of people is probably a good thing, it is not necessarily so when going to countries where they don't know so much about Formula One.

Fans also pointed out that India's fast-growing economy is now the world's sixth largest.

In a clarification on Twitter, the Mercedes driver wrote, "I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India".

Hamilton won that very Grand Prix in Brazil after the infamous Ocon-Verstappen clash took place but was apparently driving on fumes when it came to the actual power unit.

Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch every Formula 1 Grand Prix, qualifying and practice session live in 2018. He has issued a clarification to all his Indian fans over this statement made and his Instagram and Twitter now states that "India is one of the most attractive places in the world, with incredible culture".

The five-time Formula One champion had told the BBC this week that he had felt uncomfortable racing in India during the time it had a Grand Prix, because of the huge gulf between rich and poor people in the Asian country. I have visited and always had an wonderful time however whilst it is the fasted [sic] growing economy it also has a lot of poverty.

"My reference was that a Grand Prix there felt unusual to drive past homeless people and then arrive in an huge area where money was not an issue. When we did have the race nobody came because it was too expensive or there was no interest", he added. Hamilton was of the opinion that the millions spent on the track, that is now not in use, could have been spent on schools and homes for those in need.

"However, I have met some fantastic Indian fans", Hamilton added.

Even Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff said that his comments were misconstrued and were blown out of context. Wolff stated that Hamilton was merely making a stark contrast between the wealth and poverty in India as compared to the wider world in general. He did not criticise the nation and his words were those of a thoughtful and considered champion.

India's Buddh International Circuit was only used for three F1 races.

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