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Hamilton Belgian GP refund call rejected by F1

Hamilton Belgian GP refund call rejected by F1

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Hamilton Belgian GP refund call rejected by F1

Hamilton Belgian GP refund call rejected by F1
Ian Parkes & Sam Hall

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has resisted a call from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton for fans to be refunded in the wake of the Belgian Grand Prix washout.

Heavy rain fell constantly over the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, with fans remaining in the grandstands and on the hillsides for over four hours past the scheduled race start time.

Their reward for such patience was two laps behind the safety car in treacherous conditions, leading to McLaren CEO Zak Brown described it as 'not a race'.

Following the non-event, Hamilton immediately suggested the fans should be reimbursed, but when asked if he shared this view, Domenicali answered: “No I don’t."

He explained: “You can pay the ticket and then [it is] what it is.

"At the end of the day the organiser, together with us, will consider the attention, the maximum attention to the fans, that’s for sure.”

The two completed laps were enough to allow an official race classification, with half points awarded to the top-10 finishers.

Pressed as to whether a complete lack of running would have made the case for any refund stronger, Domenicali said: “No, because it is a matter of attention, a matter of being ready to do something for the fans.

“As I said, two laps or zero laps it doesn’t make a difference in that respect.

“The race is there. Formally, it is a race. It is a matter of understanding what is the sign of attention the organiser would like to do with the fans.

"I think there will be ideas already that they are thinking considering what has happened this year.”

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Are you serious? OK so you don't like lewis Hamilton but why should he have to pay anyone back? Perhaps you forgot that he has started a charity to help disadvantaged people and then put 20 million of his own money into it. Why didn't you suggest ALL the drivers dip their hands into their pockets?

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If his feeling generous enough to want to give the organisers money back to the fans ,maybe he will give the fan a refund out of the money his earned because of the fans, that would be good to see because at the end of the day with out the fans he woukdbt be earning the money his getting come on Lewis Hamilton show the fans that you care

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Are you serious? OK so you don't like lewis Hamilton but why should he have to pay anyone back? Perhaps you forgot that he has started a charity to help disadvantaged people and then put 20 million of his own money into it. Why didn't you suggest ALL the drivers dip their hands into their pockets?

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Probably because it was Lewis who mentioned the money back. When it isn't his money, or when it isn't his decision to make, he has plenty of 'positive and encouraging' words.

But they have zero value, as it isn't he he decides or will do.

It is like all those miss beauty contest that opt for world piece and other ' blah blah blah': they are meaningless/hollow words.

Nice for LH fans to hear how great he is, but at the end, it are hollow words/statements any other driver can also make.

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MrDee

You have a very dark heart. I am very glad that I am not in any way ever going to come across your kind. I live in a better world. How is it even possible to allow one's self to sink so low.

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No idea Shona, why you believe someone to have a dark hart, when he draws a conclusions.

Listennto the positive statementa of lewis: majority are about things outside his control to gain 'votes'/supporters.

I am against poverty and believe other people should do something about this.

I would like to have peace and ask people in war to stop.

I am against polution, and ask producers to focus on recycling.

Am I great now? Or talking popular?

Lewis is doing this constant.

Let's have other people give the fans a refund...

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A race is a competition to see who is the fastest, for example in running, swimming, or driving.

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#Farce

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WTF ARE YOU....??

AND WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN "IT IS WHAT IT IS" ...!!!

WHAT IF YOU AS THE ORGANIZERS & THE DRIVERS REFUSED TO DRIVE ON RACE DAY...!!!

IS IT OK WITH THAT..?? OR WILL YOU JUST SAY "IT IS WHAT IT IS".. ??

YOU DUM GAY.

I WISH THE FANS WILL GANG UP, AND BRING F1 TO COURT..

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The fans who attended the race should gang-up & bring F1 to court, for not having the show which we have paid for..

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My brother, my nephew and myself took the trip from Denmark. A full day's 1.000 km journey down there, Saturday and Sunday at the track and then the 1.000 km drive back to Danmark. The total cost for all this incl. hotel was €3.000, and the grand event we all went there to see did not happen!

I think it's fair to at least pay all the fans half the ticket price back. Yes, a lot of expenses go into arranging the GP, that's fair, but a refund of half the ticket price is definitely what I would expect.

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Feel for you Cristian, hope it works out for you.

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Who the hell does Stefano Domenicali think he is. He should remember that it is the fans that have made F1 what it is and without them F1 and Stefano would be nothing. It is obvious that the 2 laps were only run for financial reasons which included having a lame excuse not to give a refund. He s should stop hiding behind the small print and do the decent thing and refund all the fans.

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it is what it is ??? yes i have seen many football matches cancel/abandoned in play or halfway in the game the fans will get refund or free entry to the re arranged game, so it can only be fair that all these fans was at least given a free ticket for next years event, no arguments

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