The F1 5-time champion has questioned the Formula One’s policy of choosing virgin territories like India Nad Vietnam for its new tracks rather than regions where the racing culture already exists.
F1 has consistently expanded their markets beyond their regular racing countries and now they have regular races in China, South Korea, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with mixed results.
He expressed how conflicted he felt when he came to India for the Indian Grand Prix.
“I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. 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 a poor audience,”
– Lewis Hamilton.
Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, will hold a Formula One street race from 2020 after signing a 10-year deal.