Social media backlash forces Lewis Hamilton to clarify Indian Grand Prix comments

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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.

Recent additions to the F1 calendar include Turkey, India and South Korea, all of which have since fallen off the circuit after failing to attract the audiences needed to the keep the grand prix alive.

According to the 33-year-old, he was disturbed while participating in a "poor country" such as India which had an extravagant Grand Prix track made out of nowhere!

Mr. Hamilton wrapped up a 5th drivers' championship at the Mexican Grand Prix, as Mr. Vettel's challenge faded with disappointing results in Italy, Japan and the United States.

"On the racing side, I don't know how important it is to go to new countries as such", Hamilton said.

Mercedes could face a decision whether to saddle Lewis Hamilton with engine penalties or run with a damaged power unit at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after he won the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend, despite coming close to retiring.

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Criticism of Hamilton began after he said he would prefer racing venues with "real racing history", such as England, Germany, Italy and the USA, after Vietnamese capital Hanoi was recently announced in the F1 calendar for 2020.

"After ruining us from our golden past "British" racer Lewis Hamilton calls India a poor country! Wow!" "F1 needs to go to new countries to popularize the sport. If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool", he said.

"I think on the whole, he has come to this battle willing to take risks, willing to give it his all and we're part of that". 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".

"Hey everyone, I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India", Hamilton posted on his social media accounts. The pro driver also suggested that the colossal amount of money spent on the track could have used to build homes and schools for those in need. I have visited and always had an incredible time however whilst it's the fasted [sic] growing economy it also has a lot of poverty.

The Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, will hold a Formula One street race from 2020 after signing a 10-year deal.

Hamilton wrote on Instagram: "They spent hundreds of millions on that track that is now never used". When we did have the race, nobody came because it was too expensive most likely or no interest. Several of them pointed out the growing popularity of motorsports in India and the huge fan base that he has in the country.

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