Hamilton calls for two British Grand Prix races

Date published: November 14 2018

Lewis Hamilton: Calls for two British races

Lewis Hamilton has said it would be “pretty cool” to have two British Grand Prix races on the Formula 1 calendar.

Hamilton, who has already cast doubt on the ever-expanding and demanding schedule facing Formula 1 drivers and team members, thinks Liberty should embrace racing heritage more than taking the sport into new places.

“On the racing side, I don’t know how important it is to go to new countries as such,” Hamilton told BBC Sport.

“If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool.

“We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow.

“But you only have one event per year in those places.

“If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.

Hamilton also shared his thoughts on other venues, including India where he said he felt “very conflicted”.

“I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful,” he added.

“I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere.

“I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.

“We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience.”

Hamilton then reiterated his desire to see two events in certain countries and create racing links.

He said: “If you have the German Grand Prix and you’ve got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities where a lot of people are is probably a good thing.

“Not necessarily going to countries where they don’t know so much about Formula 1.”

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