Lewis Hamilton: “There’s only one reason they sent us out“

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After the sham that was the Belgian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton said the race was held so that “everyone gets their money“, but “fans should get theirs back too”.

The Belgian Grand Prix has been red flagged before it even started because of heavy rain. After more than two hours of waiting, the race was restarted under even worse conditions.

The drivers drove for two laps behind a Safety Car and then were called back in, and the race was then stopped for good. This was done so that Formula 1 could say that the race was held, but this also meant that drivers could be awarded half points.

With this Max Verstappen got a win in his record, without even racing, and he closed the championship gap to Lewis Hamilton to only three points.

While talking to the media Hamilton said all of this was done solely for the money.

“Money talks,” said the Briton.

“And it was literally, the two laps to start the race, it’s all money scenario.

“So everyone gets their money, and I think the fans should get theirs back too, because unfortunately, they didn’t get to see what they came and paid for.

“It’s a shame we can’t do the race tomorrow. But yeah. And I love this track as well. I’m so sad that we couldn’t do this, but today wasn’t a race.”

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Hamilton says there would be “discussions” with those who made this call.

“I think the sport made a bad choice today. Of course we wanted to race. There’s a minimum of two laps that you need to do to count as a race, and between that gap of stopping the first time to the second time, it had rained consistently.

“There’s only one reason they sent us out. So that’s why I feel more bad for the fans.”

The Briton went on to describe the catastrophic conditions on the track.

“You couldn’t really see five metres in front of you, the car disappears. So [it was] very difficult down the straights to even know where that flashing light was.

“And you couldn’t even go flat out down, because you didn’t know what part of the track that would be on.

“So it’s a shame, because of course I wanted to race, and I think it could have been a great race if it hadn’t rained so hard,” concluded Hamilton.

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