Lewis Hamilton Explains His Conflict Over Full F1 Crowds at British GP

Published 06/24/2021, 9:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


The feeling of racing at a track with the stands full of spectators is a feeling that current F1 drivers have not experienced in a long time. COVID restrictions prevented spectators at races for the entirety of the 2020 season. Fortunately, things are changing for the better this year, and this is something drivers are thoroughly excited about. And Lewis Hamilton is no different.

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The Knight is immensely excited that his home race, the British Grand Prix, will allow fans into the track for the race. But, at the same time, he is also concerned about increasing cases in the UK.

The seven-time world champion will just have to wait for a couple of more weeks before he can race at Silverstone, and meet those who support him throughout the year, as he battles it out for his eighth title this season.

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Lewis Hamilton is happy to see fans back at Silverstone but has one major concern

As quoted by Autosport, Hamilton said, “I can’t tell you how excited I am to see people, because it is the best crowd of the whole year. But of course I watch the news, I know about the cases going up in the UK. So on that side I worry”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Hamilton is hoping to have regained the lead in the title against Max Verstappen by the time the British GP comes around. More importantly, Lewis is hoping to put on a good show for his fans, trying to compensate them for the action they missed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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The British GP will see the return of fans to the track

During the pandemic, spectators were not allowed to attend Grand Prix weekends because of COVID-19 restrictions. However, there was light at the end of the tunnel all along, as it was just announced that fans can attend the race at Silverstone which is scheduled from 16 – 18 July.

The report stated, “We are delighted to confirm that the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix 2021 has been included in the latest phase of the UK Government’s Event Research Programme (ERP) allowing a full capacity crowd for the event between 16th – 18th July.

“Ticket holders will be asked for either proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival at Silverstone or proof of full vaccination, the second dose having been received at least 14 days prior to the first day of attending the British Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“The Silverstone team will be working closely with the ERP experts and particularly the Director of Public Health in Northamptonshire on the specific conditions of entry that will enable the event to operate safely and will be announcing these details to ticket holders in the next ten days.”

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This will come as positive news from some British drivers such as Lando Norris, George Russell, but particularly Hamilton, who is hoping to lift his eighth title at the end of the season.

Do you think the fans will boost the driver’s morale and help them perform better on race day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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