"We've got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow".
Five times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton issued a clarification on Thursday of his comments about how he had felt "conflicted" to be racing in "a poor place" like India during the years when the country hosted a grand prix.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said it was "unbelievable" how Hamilton's "thoughtful" comments about his experience of racing in India had been misconstrued.
Lewis Hamilton has used his social media to explain himself after he was criticised for saying India is a "poor place".More news: Michelle Obama Reveals All The Things She Couldn't Say as First Lady
"Hey everyone, I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India". That money could have been spent on schools or homes for those in need.
Perhaps it is this kind of hesitancy from F1 heavyweights like Hamilton that has discouraged Formula One to venture out to more countries around the globe and fail to renew the contract of prestigious venues like Sepang in Malaysia and indeed the Singapore Grand Prix, which took a long time to have its contract renegotiated.
"I've been to Vietnam before and it is attractive", five-time world champion Hamilton told the BBC. "I have visited and always had an incredible time however whilst it's the fastest growing economy it also has a lot of poverty", he wrote on Twitter.
He also drew attention to the fact that there were very few audience, either because it was too expensive or there was no interest.More news: Ramos refuses to hit back after Lovren calls him overrated
"My reference was that a grand prix there felt odd to drive past homeless people and then arrive in a huge arena where money was not an issue", explained Hamilton on Instagram and Twitter. "However, I have met some awesome Indian fans", added Hamilton, who won his fifth title in Mexico last month.
Hamilton's Mercedes team also stepped in to defend their star against a growing online storm, claiming that people had "distorted" what the driver had said. The future of the British Grand Prix beyond 2019 is now uncertain as Silverstone - which been a regular fixture on the calendar since 1987 and hosted Formula 1's first race in 1950 - activated a break clause in its contract.
Indian Grand Prix was staged from 2011 to 2013 with Sebastian Vettel winning all three races for Red Bull.
The little-used circuit has since hosted a number of domestic championship races, and been used by vehicle manufacturers for track days, but is widely seen as an expensive "white elephant".More news: Flybe up for sale