Furious Lewis Hamilton accuses Formula One bosses of putting money before fans and demands supporters are given a refund following ‘farce’ Belgian Grand Prix… which was curtailed after just two laps after delay of nearly four HOURS
- A furious Lewis Hamilton accused F1 bosses of putting money before fans
- The Belgian Grand Prix was curtailed after just two laps due to bad weather
- The seven-time world champion slammed the decision taken as a ‘farce’
- Hamilton also said that supporters there should be given their money back
Lewis Hamilton accused Formula One bosses of putting money first and called on them to refund fans who sat drenched through a ‘farcical’ Belgian Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion was furious after the sport staged just the mandatory two laps required for a race to stand after nearly four hours of dithering in the rain.
There was no racing, with the grid following the safety car around for eight minutes. Hamilton, who finished third in the non-event won by his title rival Max Verstappen, said: ‘Today was a farce and the only people to lose out are the fans who have paid good money to watch us race.
Lewis Hamilton accused Formula One bosses of putting money first and called on them to refund fans
The Belgian Grand Prix staged just the mandatory two laps required after nearly four hours of dithering in the rain
‘Of course you can’t do anything about the weather but we have sophisticated equipment to tell us what is going on and it was clear the weather wasn’t going to let up.
‘We were sent out for one reason and one reason only. Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility to gain or lose a place is not racing.
‘We should have just called it quits, not risked the drivers, and most importantly refunded the fans who are the heart of the sport.’
Half points were awarded for only the sixth time in the F1 history, with Verstappen, who started on pole, cutting his deficit to Hamilton in the championship table from eight to three points.
The circuit was packed with 75,000 fans, paying between £107 and £505 for the damp privilege. Many had left before the ‘race’, which began at 6.17pm local time, more than three hours after the scheduled start.
The circuit was packed with 75,000 fans, paying between £107 and £505 for the damp privilege
Hamilton added: ‘The sport made a bad choice today. Money talks and the two laps was literally a money scenario.
‘I know why they did it. There is a rule that says for it to be a legal race there has to be a minimum of two laps. That activates a bunch of things and I don’t know the politics in the background.
‘But my concern is that the fans should get their money back. I don’t know if us doing those two laps means they don’t. We should have better values in F1.’
A suggestion that F1 would have missed out on their £15million hosting fee from race organisers had the two laps not been completed was rebuffed by chief executive Stefano Domenicali, who said the FIA had made their decisions based on the conditions alone.
Asked whether the fans would receive a refund, the Italian said: ‘It is something we will look at together with the organisers.’
Hamilton (right) finished third, behind George Russell (left) and Max Verstappen (second from right), who finished first
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