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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton hopes fans get money back: The track wasn't any better at the end

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has said race officials knew the Spa-Francorchamps track wasn't in any condition for racing at the point in the evening when the drivers were sent out to do laps behind the Safety Car.

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With the Belgian Grand Prix proving a complete wash-out as rain battered Spa-Francorchamps, Lewis Hamilton has said he hopes attending fans can get a refund despite the race being regarded as officially held.

The Mercedes driver, who was set to start from third on the grid, was only on track for a handful of laps behind the Safety Car throughout the afternoon, completing enough laps to hit minimum distance to get a race classification.

This held no water for Hamilton, who said that attending fans should be able to get their money back despite the event being formally staged.

"I feel really sorry for the fans today, you know, obviously it's no one's fault," Hamilton said after the race.

"Obviously, with this weather... the fans have been incredible today just to stick with us this whole time and hold out for a potential race.

"They [officials] knew when they sent us out at the end there that the track wasn't any better, and they did it just so that we could stop two laps behind the Safety Car, which is the minimum requirement for a race.

"I really hope the fans get their money back today."

Hamilton had been vocal on team radio behind the Safety Car, complaining about the poor visibility and, during the stoppage, took to Instagram to complain about the dangers of racing in such conditions.

Elaborating after the race, Hamilton explained how difficult it was to drive.

"You couldn't really see, like five metres in front of you the car disappears," he said.

"[It was] very difficult down the straights to even know where the flashing light was. You couldn't even go flat out, because you couldn't tell what part of the track you were on.

"It's a shame, because I wanted to race, and I think it could have been a great race if it hadn't rained so hard."

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