In an interview with the BBC, five times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton had stated that he felt conflicted while racing in ‘poor’ India.

“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. I felt very conflicted when I went to that Grand Prix,” he had said.

Naturally, this caused a huge uproar. Now, the 33-year-old has taken to Twitter and clarified his earlier comments.

“My reference was that a Grand Prix there felt strange to drive past homeless people and then arrive in a huge arena where money was not an issue,” he said in a statement.

“They spent hundreds of millions on that track that is now never used. That money could have been spent on schools or homes for those in need,” he added.

Read his entire statement below: