SPIELBURG, Austria – Lewis Hamilton has questioned why Austrian Grand Prix fans were happy after being knocked out of the qualifying round on Friday evening.
Hamilton lost control of his Mercedes on Turn 7 and crashed into a rail barrier. The trauma was so severe that his car’s survival cell was damaged, which is the ultimate level of safety for a driver in an accident.
Hamilton was not injured, but moments after the collision and while he was in the car, there was a picture of fans celebrating the event in the main grandstand.
Asked about the reaction on Saturday evening, Hamilton said race spectators should be more respectful of the dangers inherent in F1.
“I didn’t hear them cheering because I went through a lot of things in the accident,” he said. “I don’t agree or apologize for the hearing later. The driver may be in the hospital and you’re going to please him?”
“I am just happy to know how dangerous our game is. Why would anyone enjoy falling or getting hurt? That shouldn’t have happened at Silverstone. ” [when Max Verstappen crashed on the opening lap last year] And it shouldn’t happen here. “
The incident means Hamilton started Saturday’s sprint race in 10th place, but managed to return to eighth place, which will now be his starting spot for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton continued, “Thank you so much to my team for putting my car back together, they worked so hard to keep us in the race all night and this morning, so I hope tomorrow will be a good day.”