Lewis Hamilton clarifies India 'poor place' comments

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In an interview with the BBC, the five-time world champion said he felt “conflicted” attending the Indian Grand Prix, which ran on the Formula One calendar from 2011 to 2013.

“I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere,” he said.

The Buddh International Circuit hosted just three grands prix before it was removed from the F1 schedule following a tax dispute.

About 60 percent of India’s nearly 1.3 billion people live on less than $3.10 a day, the World Bank’s median poverty line, according to the bank. And 21 percent– or more than 250 million people — survive on less than $2 a day. In India, the top 1 percent of the population owns 58 per cent of the country’s wealth.

“Hey everyone, I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India,” Hamilton posted on his social media accounts. “First off, India is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

“The culture there is incredible. I have visited and always had an amazing time. However, whilst it’s the fastest growing economy, it also has a lot of poverty.”

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Hamilton said it “felt strange to drive past homeless people then arrive in a huge arena where money was not an issue.”

“They spent hundreds of millions on that track that is now never used,” Hamilton said.

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