Italian Grand Prix on Sunday (September 13) witnessed a dramatic crash between title protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen that took each drivers out of the race.
Hamilton was exiting the pits on Lap 26 of 53 when he arrived alongside Verstappen, the pair going aspect by aspect by the Variante del Rettifilo, however making contact, with Verstappen flying by the air and coming to relaxation on high of the Mercedes.
As the pair negotiated the tight Variante del Rettifilo, they made contact — with Verstappen’s Red Bull then thrown into the air and over the Mercedes, coming to a relaxation on high of the W12, with photos exhibiting Verstappen’s proper-rear tyre hitting Hamilton’s helmet.
Both drivers had been unharmed, however out of the race, with the stewards set to analyze after the Grand Prix, as per formula1.com.
This angle of the Hamilton-Verstappen crash is totally nuts. Thank god for the halo, Hamilton’s head coulda been taken off pic.twitter.com/YJEJACRNTl
— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) September 12, 2021
Hamilton & Verstappen crash once more! This is sort of changing into Prost/Senna from the 90s. Thankfully the Halo once more saves this from changing into too scary
— Richard-Lee Read (@RichardLeeRead) September 12, 2021
Meanwhile, Hamilton has praised the halo system for conserving him secure.
Speaking to the media after the incident, Hamilton praised the job that the halo had carried out in defending him — whereas revealing that he would search specialist medical assist for ache in his neck consequently of the crash.
“Honestly, I feel very fortunate today,” stated Hamilton, as per formula1.com. “Thank God for the halo, that ultimately, I think, saved me, and saved my neck… I don’t think I’ve ever been hit on the head by a car before and it’s quite a shock for me because I don’t know if you’ve seen the image but my head really is quite far forward. And I’ve been racing a long, long time, so I’m so, so grateful that I’m still here.”
Verstappen would later be handed a 3-place grid drop for Russian Grand Prix and two penalty factors for his half within the accident at Monza after being deemed “predominantly to blame” for the crash — with Hamilton hoping the ruling set a precedent for the pair’s future battles on observe, after a collection of incidents between them this yr.
“I think I’m ultimately proud of stewards,” stated Hamilton of the ruling.
“I need some time to really reflect on it, but I think it definitely sets a precedent, and I think it’s important for us moving forwards, for the safety of the drivers, that there are strict rules in place.”
The collision between the title contenders cleared the best way for Daniel Ricciardo to assert a sensational victory at Monza. Ricciardo handed McLaren their first race win because the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix — and a one-two in addition, as he led house teammate Lando Norris, with Valtteri Bottas taking third, in an exhilarating race.