Lewis Hamilton believes the FIA ran three laps under safety car just to satisfy contractual obligations and says fans who attended the Belgian Grand Prix deserve to be refunded after the race was abandoned after three completed laps under Safety Car.
As the race had satisfied the two lap minimum requirement for half points to be awarded, Hamilton was classified in third place. Hamilton says that fans who attended the race should be refunded their ticket prices for the day.
“Well firstly, I feel really sorry for the fans today,” Hamilton says.
“Obviously, it’s no one’s fault with this weather but the fans have been incredible today, just to stick with us this whole time and hold out for a potential race.”
Hamilton says he believes race control sent the drivers back out to complete laps under safety car purely to satisfy the minimum requirement for the race to count under contractual obligations.
“Money talks,” said Hamilton. “And it was literally the two laps to start the race – it’s all a money scenario. So everyone gets their money.
“I think the fans should get theirs back too because, unfortunately, they didn’t get to see what they came and paid for.”
Race control attempted to start the race on two separate occasions before abandoning both attempts due to the dangerously low visibility caused by spray from the cars on the wet circuit. Hamilton described the conditions as a “disaster”.
“I love racing in the rain, but today was something else,” said Hamilton. “You really couldn’t see the car ahead. There was aquaplaning. It was unfortunately just a disaster on track.
You couldn’t really see – like five metres in front of you, the car disappear, so it was very difficult down the straights to even know where that flashing light was. You couldn’t even go flat out because you didn’t know at what point of the track they’d be on.
“It’s a shame because, of course, I wanted to race and I think it could’ve been a good race if it hadn’t rained so hard.”
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