Lewis Hamilton admits being both excited and concerned about the announcement that there be a full fan capacity at the British GP.
The world is slowly getting back to normal after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and so is Formula 1. Earlier on Thursday, it has been confirmed that the British GP will have a 100% fan capacity later this July. The reigning 7-time world champion and the local hero Hamilton is happy to have the chance to see that many fans, but is not sure about the decision to ease the restrictions regarding the current situation with the disease in the country.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see people and firstly to see the British crowd because it is the best crowd of the whole year and obviously last year we didn’t have them. So to be able to see them and feel the energy they bring into a weekend,” Hamilton said.
“[But] obviously of course I watch the news, I know about the cases going up massively in the UK. So on that side I worry for people, naturally.”
“I don’t want to turn it into a negative, I am excited to see so many people. The selfish part of me, I want to see all the people there,” he added.
“But I turned on the news this morning and I’ve been watching it these past days and I know that UK [infection] rates have increased since people are loosening up a little bit and not everyone is vaccinated. I do worry about people. But I read that the vaccination is good for, you know, there’s less people being in hospital. But it feels a bit premature.”
The Mercedes driver has also asked the fans to keep following the guidelines.
“If people go there, I hope we learn something from it and I hope everyone stays safe [and] keeps their masks on. That’s what I’d encourage everyone: Continue to wash your hands, continue to wear your masks, particularly when you’re in those big crowds.”