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F1: Hamilton happy to head home from Saudi Arabia, admits feeling ‘relief’ after facing safety threats

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton was disappointed to qualify in 16th and finish only in 10th at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday. He was happy to put the weekend behind him, but also admitted after the race that he was “relieved” to finally be heading home after the safety threats throughout the race weekend.

On Friday, Houthi rebels launched a missile attack that struck an Aramco oil depot located just ten miles away from the race circuit. Qualifying and practice sessions proceeded as planned on Saturday, but it was widely reported that a four-hour meeting between the F1 drivers took place late on Saturday evening. The drivers allegedly wanted to go on strike and refuse to race out of concern for the safety of everyone involved.

However, at the conclusion of the talks, it was revealed that the drivers were “persuaded” to race amid assurances that their safety will be guaranteed. However, there are speculations that there were threats involved as well.

Hamilton made it clear that he felt unsafe throughout the weekend. “I am so happy that everyone is safe, I am just looking forward to getting out. I just want to go home,” he said, as quoted by The Sun.