Formula One champions Lewis Hamilton clarifies 'poor' India comments

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!

"I've been to Vietnam before and it is lovely".

A day ago, Mercedes driver and 5-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton appeared to call India a "poor" country.

Hamilton won at the Brazilian Interlagos circuit, the first time that the 33-year-old has won a Grand Prix after sealing the world title, but it was not a comfortable ride as he had to nurse his Mercedes vehicle across the line.

Lewis Hamilton has moved to explain comments he made about Formula One's push to race in countries with a limited wealth and racing heritage.

"Hey everyone, I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India", Hamilton posted on his social media accounts. 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". The culture there is incredible. I have visited and always had an awesome time, however, whilst it's the fastest growing economy, it also has a lot of poverty.

Hamilton felt conflicted as he participated in the India Grand Prix especially since the audience were unfamiliar with the series and more so when he had to drive past homeless people and then had to arrive at this massive arena where money was not an issue. When we did have the race, nobody came because it was too expensive most likely or no interest. "Lewis Hamilton makes shock Verstappen admission, Red Bull prediction Lewis Hamilton makes 'ridiculous" Michael Schumacher claim "I don't have the list on the top of my mind right now but, the one I was aiming on at the beginning of the year, I reached".

"It was hard to go to India given the disparity between rich and poor but the people are the nicest and the food is the best, actually my favourite food". "I went to Nasa past year which was awesome so that was one of my dreams".

The British racer had been accused of "arrogance" over his comments as social media users rejected his use of the word "poor." .

F1 boss Chase Carey and Hanoi officials have officially announced that the Vietnamese Grand Prix will go ahead in 2020.

Planned engine overhauls have already been reined in, while there remain uncertainties about other elements such as a budget cap and the composition of a Grand Prix weekend.

India's Buddh International Circuit was only used for three F1 races. Hamilton, the five-time F1 champion, recently said in an interview to BBC that he never really understood why countries with no racing tradition are being picked.

The Vietnam Grand Prix will become the third race in Southeast Asia, following Singapore and Malaysia, which was ditched after the 2017 race because of poor ticket sales.

Vanessa Coleman

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