F1 must stick to countries with race heritage: Hamilton

World champion Lewis Hamilton has backed races in traditional Formula 1 venues as opposed to new locations on the circuit.

During the interview, Hamilton spoke about the expansion to countries that did not necessarily have a huge history of racing behind them, and whether he personally enjoyed the experience of racing in such places.

"If it was my business, I would be trying to do more events in those countries".

He added: "I've been to Vietnam before and it is handsome".

Hamilton made this statement about India that while the country was in such a poor state, he felt conflicted as he got ready to enter in the lovely race track at Uttar Pradesh. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.

The Mercedes driver further added that he felt conflicted participating in the Indian Grand Prix, questioning whether Formula 1 should be hosting races in countries where the audience isn't as familiar with the series.

Lewis Hamilton has questioned Formula One adding an additional race in Vietnam instead of going to countries with "real racing history" like Britain and Germany.

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

He then referred to F1's newest addition and one of its short-lived ventures from earlier in the current decade, the Indian Grand Prix. However, whilst it's the fastest growing economy, it also has a lot of poverty.

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Hamilton later clarified his statement on his Instagram page, saying: "India is one of the most attractive places in the world". I have visited and always had an incredible time however whilst it's the fasted [sic] growing economy it also has a lot of poverty.

"They spent hundreds of millions on a track that was now never used and that money could have been spent on schools or homes".

"When we did have the race, nobody came because it was too expensive most likely or (there was) no interest".

The Indian Grand Prix was held at the Buddh International Circuit (in northern India) between 2011 and 2013. The venue was eventually scrapped, primarily because of tax-related disputes between FIA and the state government.

Speaking ahead of the Brazil weekend - a race under threat and which could well make way for Vietnam, yet genuinely offers "great overtaking possibilities", "high speeds" and "great racing" as well as being "exciting" and "demanding" - Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was loathe to see the calendar expand to as many as 25 races, hinting that if this were the case he wouldn't be interested.

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