Hamilton on the British GP without fans: “It will be super strange”

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While Lewis Hamilton calls for fans not to break social distancing rules by coming to Silverstone this weekend, he acknowledges racing without fans will be “super strange”.

Silverstone and Northamptonshire Police warned F1 fans to stay away from the British and the 70th Anniversary grands prix that will be held at Silverstone over the next two weekends, due to coronavirus safety measures.

Although Lewis Hamilton is not the one who has to enforce these strict rules, he did ask the fans not to break them.

“It’s not my job to come up with rules and tell people what to do,” the Briton told motorsport.com.

“What I see on TV is people out trying to live their lives during this difficult time, but this thing continues to spread. So, I always just try to encourage people to keep their distance and remain at home.

“And us holding an event, which we’re really trying to remain [focused] and always keep our distances from everyone whilst we’re doing our job – I can understand people will want to go and watch from a distance, just to get the sound of the car or to get a sneak peek of the car.

“But if that means that you’re in a crowd of other people, that’s definitely not a good thing, and I wouldn’t advise that.”

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Hamilton also acknowledged how strange it’ll be to race without his home crowd.

“The British Grand Prix is ​​the best Grand Prix, thanks above all to the fans,” Hamilton told motorsport-total.com.

“Thousands come along the track and provide a spectacle. It will be super strange. And it will feel the same way – empty.

“I have to get used to that, because it is definitely unusual,” concluded Hamilton.

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