Lewis Hamilton says he likes the historic circuits, but when racing on street circuits F1 can “really engage in communities and actually also have an impact”.
Formula 1 is introducing more and more new street circuits to its calendar, circuits like Miami, Jeddah and soon – Las Vegas.
Lewis Hamilton says he loves the old historic circuits, but believes the sport can do more good when they are racing in the streets.
“Look I’m a bit old school,” the Briton said.
“So of course, I love the history, particularly in certain circuits. But the older I get, the more I realise it’s about the people.
“We could go to the middle of nowhere that has very few people, not great accommodation, not great community and for us, as individuals, driving on a track that’s historic is cool – but it’s about the people.
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“And the people really do make… We’ve experienced with the pandemic, no one being in there and that’s just no atmosphere. It was like a test day. It was not enjoyable.
“And now we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of people turn up to the race, energised, excited, keen to learn more. And so, I think the fans are at the heart of what this sport is about, they create it.
“I think, being in cities where we can really engage in communities and actually also have an impact.
“When you go to those… I love Nürburgring, for example, but there’s not a diverse community there. We’re not actually impacting the place there. [In cities], we can do something.
“I met a bunch of kids from diverse backgrounds, who now want to get into engineering and STEM subjects and so, it’s way cooler for me,” Hamilton concluded.