Lewis Hamilton Clarifies ‘Poor India’ Comments

Tanuja Saikhom | 7 months ago

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has clarified his comments on Indian poverty, which drew criticism from social media. He said the comment was referring to his strange feeling when he drove past homeless people and then arrived in an expensive grand prix arena.

The 33-year-old Briton, who won his fifth title in Mexico last month, took to social media saying that he noticed some people had been upset by his comments. He said money spent on the track that is now never used, could have been spent on needy people.

In a recent interview with BBC Sports, Hamilton said, "I've been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I've been to India before, to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix."

His initial comments enraged some Indian fans on social media and had reacted to his comments by pointing out that the country is a fast-growing economy.

India hosted three grand prix races at the Buddh International circuit in Noida from 2011-13. Sebastian Vettel, the then Red Bull driver won all the three events. The race has been canceled in 2014 due to a tax dispute.