Reigning Method One champion Lewis Hamilton has doubts in regards to the logic behind the British authorities making the British Grand Prix a full capacity event.
On Thursday, F1 confirmed Hamilton’s dwelling race at Silverstone would welcome a full crowd on July 18. The final pre-pandemic race held on the circuit with spectators in 2019 noticed a three-day attendance of 351,000 and 141,000 on race Sunday.
Silverstone’s race is a part of the British authorities’s Occasion Analysis Programme, which additionally consists of the Euro 2020 video games at Wembley and the upcoming Wimbledon tennis championships.
Final 12 months Silverstone hosted two races within the pandemic-affected 2020 marketing campaign, however each had been with out spectators.
Whereas Hamilton, who has received the race a document seven occasions, is worked up by the prospect of a full home, he’s not sure whether or not it’s the proper determination at the moment given COVID-19 charges within the nation.
“I am form of break up,” Hamilton stated forward of this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, in Austria.
“One, I am unable to let you know how excited I’m to see individuals, and the British crowd, as it’s the finest crowd of the entire 12 months.
“Final 12 months we did not have them, so to have the ability to see them and really feel the vitality they create to the weekend. On the second, after all I watch the information so I hear in regards to the instances going up massively within the U.Ok. so on that facet I fear for individuals, naturally.”
He added: “I do not need to flip right into a damaging. I’m excited to see so many individuals, a egocentric a part of me I need to see all of the individuals there.
“However I turned on the information this morning, and have been watching it these previous days, and know U.Ok. charges have elevated since individuals are loosening up a bit and never everyone seems to be vaccinated. I do fear about individuals, however I learn the vaccinations are good, there’s much less individuals being in hospital.
“I do not know, it feels a bit untimely to me, nevertheless it’s not my place if individuals go there, I hope we be taught one thing from it and everybody stays secure, retains their masks on, continues to scrub their palms, and put on these masks notably if you’re in these huge crowds.”
When requested in regards to the race once more later within the press convention, Hamilton stated: “I really feel like I’ve stated all the things I must say, I am not doubting anybody.
“I am not in politics, I am not in authorities.
“There’s been plenty of complicated issues coming from authorities over time and I do not perceive all of it so I am unable to actually touch upon it.”
Hamilton trails championship chief Max Verstappen by 22 factors.