Lewis Hamilton justifies comments about F1 racing in 'poor place' like India

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Of course, similar comments were made in anticipation of the events in India and Korea.

In an interview with BBC, 2018 World Champion Lewis Hamilton gave his verdict on F1 expanding its horizons beyond the norm, and making the action available live in front of global audiences.

"If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool", he added; the former under serious threat and set to disappear from the calendar after 2019 and the latter never realistically likely to happen.

"We've got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow", Hamilton said. 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 handsome places in the world, with incredible culture".

Hamilton's stance was that the lavish resources devoted to a track that is no longer in use could have perhaps been committed to more urgent causes in the country.

"I've been to Vietnam before and it is attractive", the 33-year-old told BBC Sport.

Five time F1 racing champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had earlier cited his conflicting emotions in holding the Grand Prix in India between the 2011-13 period.

The current champion of the Formula One Grand Prix feels India has no racing tradition.

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In a subsequent post on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Hamilton wrote: "Hey everyone".

"First off, India is one of the most attractive places in the world".

Hamilton and team boss Toto Wolff have been forced to clarify the remarks, after the Mercedes driver came under fire on social media from fans on the sub-continent.

"It's a further demonstration of Vietnam's ability, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country", city of Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said.

"My reference was that a grand prix there felt unusual to drive past homeless people and then arrive in an huge arena where money was not an issue".

Also Read - Formula One back in India? That money could have been spent on schools or homes for those in need.

"When we did have the race nobody came because it was too expensive or there was no interest". "However, I have met some wonderful Indian fans".

The race was dropped from 2014 due to a number of factors, including a tax dispute and bureaucratic hurdles faced by teams.

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