Lewis Hamilton reacts to the Orange Army’s flares at the Austrian GP

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Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen give their comments on whether the orange smoke was problematic at the Austrian Grand Prix.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, a large number of fans were using orange flares to show their support for Max Verstappen.

The smoke seemed to create visibility problems at certain points in the race, so the top three-finishers were later asked about it.

“The formation lap was quite a lot but yeah, but nothing too bad,” Charles Leclerc said.

“I mean, you could still see so it was fine,” he concluded.

Lewis Hamilton however, found it a bit problematic.

I would say the same,” Lewis said.

“Just on the formation lap, you couldn’t see the apex of Turn 7, and at the end of the race, you couldn’t see anything through Turn 6!


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“So fortunately, it wasn’t necessarily the case during the race but maybe they should just save them more so for the end? Yeah.

“I can’t believe they’re already good environmentally either, so…,” he concluded.

Verstappen, naturally, didn’t find the flares to be a problem.

I saw one flare, like they threw it onto the track or into the grass,” the Dutch driver said.

“I think that’s the only thing they shouldn’t do – but as long as you keep it on the grandstand. I mean, the wind blows it over the track for like one lap, so it doesn’t arrive within the track.

“I think it’s OK,” Verstappen concluded.

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